Pleurothallisa absurda [Bogarin, Karremans and Rincon] in ed. SUBGENUS Sylphia


LCDP by Adam Karremans and Diego Bogarin and A New Specklinia From Costa Rica/Photo by © A P Karremans

Common Name The Absurd Pleurothalis [refers to the flower morphology, especially the lip, which seems exceptional when compared to its closest relatives]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Costa Rica and western Panama in wet oak forests on main trunks of trees at elevations of 2400 to 2550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, emarginate, with an apicule, lenticular, cuneate below intot he indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a pendent, glabrous, peduncle .44" [1.1 cm] long, shorter to as long as the leaves, rachis .04" [1 mm] long, long overall, single flowered inflorescence with ovate acute,conduplicate, membraneouslonger than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Pleurothallis absurda most closely resembles Pleurothallis fuegi. It differs from that species in the pendent, single flowered inflorescence, whitish yellow sepals with red-pink veins and yellow apex, red petals with translucent margins, pandurate-trilobed, unguiculate lip with a distinct papillose isthmus below the anterior lobe, and reniform, erose, erect lateral lobes, with a Y-shaped thickened, hirsutulous apical callus". Bogarín, Karremans & Rincón 2013

Synonyms *Specklinia absurda Bogarín, Karremans & Rincón 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Genetic similarity versus morphological divergence: phylogenetics of Specklinia (Orchidaceae) Karremans 2015 Chapter 6

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia absurda photo fide