Pleurothallis verboonenii Luer & Toscano 2002 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer & Toscano and Selbyana 23[2] Toscano & Luer 2002

Full shade Spring

Common Name or Meaning Verboonen's Pleurothallis [Named for the late George Ver-boonen in whose collection at Orquidario Binot this species was cultivated]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Brazil without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tin, tubular, non-dilated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, green, speckled with purple, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, minutely apiculate, broadly cuneate below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis loose, subflexuous, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"It is characterized by ramicauls about as long as the elliptical, purple-speckled leaves. The flowers are produced successively in a loose, subflexuous raceme that exceeds the leaf severalfold. The most distinguishing feature of the flower is a distinct, deeply hollow, thimble-like apex of the dorsal sepal. It is similar to that of the Central American Pleurothallis digitalis and P. segregatifolia." Toscano & Luer 2002

Synonyms *Pabstiella verboonenii Toscano & Luer 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 23[2] Toscano & Luer 2002 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 2004 as Specklinia verboonenii;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007as Pabstiella verboonenii