Pleurothallis radialis Porto & Brade 1937 SUBGENUS Acuminatia SECTION Acuminatae Luer 1986


Photos By Roberto Martins and his Micro-Orquideas Website


Drawing by L Fontani and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Radiating Pleurothallis [refers to the tepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil in wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, compressed towards the apex, deeply furrowed ramicauls enveloped below by 3, short-lived, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf, stiff, elliptical, dark olive green leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on to 3, curved, slender, 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 20 to 30 flowered inflorescence and carrying unpleasantly scented flowers.

Synonyms Anathallis radialis (Porto & Brade) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia radialis (Porto & Brade) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Arq. Inst. Biol. Veg. 3: 132 Porto & Brade 1937;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999;

Lindleyana 16: 250 Pridgeon & M W Chase 2001 as Anathallis radialis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia radialis;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide;

Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castello Vol 2 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide