Pleurothallis tubelliflora [Karremans & M.Díaz] in ed. SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

LCDP Photo by © Melissa Diaz-Mondes and Adam Karremans


Common Name or Meaning The Little Tube Flower Pleurothallis

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica in lower montane rainforest at eleevations around 1540 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing repent epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to slender, ascending ramicuals enveloped b 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, spathulate to obovate, obtuse, shallowly emarginate, shortly apiculate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on an erect, flexuous, peduncle slender, .68 to .8" [1.7 to 2 cm] long, racemose, rachis .52 to .6" [1.3 to 1.5 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with tubular, much longer than the pedicel and ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to P calyptrostele and P morgani. From the first it differs in the multi flowered inflorescence vs a bi-flowered inflorescence, bearing smaller flowers, the shortly caudate sepals vs sepals not forming tails and the obtuse petals vs acute, and are about half as long as the sepals vs severa l times longer than the petals.. From the latter it is distinguished by the significantly smaller plant and flower and the linear lip." Karrmans & M Diaz 2020.

Synonyms Specklinia tubelliflora Karremans & M.Díaz 2020

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklnia tubelliflora photo fide