Pleurothallis sonderiana Rchb. f. 1849 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

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Photos by Jay Pfahl


Drawing by Cogniaux


Flower Size 1/16" [7 mm]

A miniature epiphyte found in southern Brazil on branches and trunks of trees in cool, moist montane forests with terete, fleshy, narrow leaves that are channeled above and short [3 cm], erect, few [3 to 5] flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of stalk occuring in the summer and winter. I grow mine in a pot with sphagnum moss in a shaded location with some dappled sun, warm to cool temperatures and ample water to keep it moist at all times.

Synonyms Acianthera sonderiana (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboldtia sonderiana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis sonderiana var. longicaulis Barb.Rodr. 1882; Specklinia sonderiana (Rchb.f.) F.Barros 1983 publ. 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Linnaea 22: 830 Rchb.f 1850

Gen. Spec. Orchid. 2: 31 Barb Rodr. 1882 as P sonderiana var longicaulis;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 668 Kuntze 1891 as Himboltia sonderiana;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:527 Martius, Cogniaux 1893

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:tab 102 Martius, Cogniaux 1893 drawing fide;

Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo ok;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 photo fide;

Hoehnea 10: 110 F Barros 1983 publ. 1984 as Specklinia sonderiana;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo;

Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo good;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:246 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Acianthera sonderiana;

100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 as P sonderiana var longicaulis drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #5 2009 as Acianthera sanderiana photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #4 2011 photo fide;

A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Acianthera sonderiana photos fide; ;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera sonderiana photo fide