Pleurothallis succulenta [Bellone & Archila] in ed. SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Roger Bellone/TYPE Drawing by Guy Chiron and Richardiana 14: 86 Bellone & Archila 2013

Full shade Hot Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Succulent-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the leaves and sepals which are quite thick]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in French Guiana in deep rainforests at elevations below 100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing caespitose epiphyte with short, cylindrical ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 papery bracts and carrying a single, short attenuate below into the rounded base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to ascending, peduncle cylindrical, filiform, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, provided with 3 bracts, distichous, distant, successively 1 to 3, 5 to 7 flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying campanulate flowers.

Similar to Pleurothallis picta but differs in the succulent, thick form to the leaves, a short spathe, the light green, transparent color of the peduncle, the succulent, pure white sepals and the different, much longer petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Richardiana 14: 86 Bellone & Archila 2013 as Specklinia succulenta