Pleurothallis sertularioides (Sw.) Spreng. 1826 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Another Angle on the lip

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Plant and Flowers

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Common Name The Wreath-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/8" [.33 cm]

Found in Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in wet montane forests as a mat forming, miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender creeping rhizome and erect ramicauls enveloped basally by scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-oblanceolate, to linear-spathulate, obtuse, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate base leaf that can bloom at any time of the year on a short, arising from the leaf base, filiform, erect, lax, simultaneously single to 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the small size, a long-repent rhizome, and suberect to erect, narrow leaves borne by abbreviated ramicauls. 1 to 3 flowers are produced successively and distantly by a slender peduncle. The sepals are acute and free, the petals are shorter, acute and glabrous, and the lip is oblong with a narrowly obtuse apex, a pair of obtuse marginal angles below the middle and a pair of minute lobes at the base." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis sertularioides (Sw.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Dendrobium sertularioides (Sw.) Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum sertularioides Sw. 1788; Humboldtia sertularioides (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia tenuissima (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia sertulariodes (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia tenuissima (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Panmorphia sertularioides (Sw.) Luer 2006; Pleurothallis sertularioides var trinitensis Griseb. 1864; Pleurothallis tenuissima Rchb. f. 1844; Pleurothallis trichopoda A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Specklinia sertularioides (Sw.) Lindl. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal., ser. 2, 6: 83 Swartz 1799 as Dendrobium sertularioides;

* Prodr. 122. Sw. 1788 as Epidendrum sertularioides;

* Syst. Veg., ed. 16. 3: 731 Spreng. 1826;

Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 8. Lindl. 1830 as Specklinia sertularioides;

Linnaea 18: 399 Rchb.f 1845 as P tenuissima; Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 3, 3: 17 A Rich & Galeotti 1845 as P trichopoda;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 668 Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia sertularioides;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 668 Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia trichopoda;

Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909;

Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910;

Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952;

Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1126 Dodson 1984 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:250 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Anathallis sertularioides;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo ok plant only;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Orchids of Jamaica Gloudin & Tobisch 1995 photo ok;

Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing good;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide;

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 2004as Specklnia serularioides;

Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Specklinia sertulariodes photo good;

Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Anathallis sertularoides;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia sertularioides

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia sertularioides drawing good;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Anathallis sertularioides photo ok;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Anathallis setulariodes;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis sertuloides photo fide