Pleurothallis cestrochila Garay 1973 SUBGENUS Specklinia Section Muscariae Luer 1986

Photo by Sebastian Viera Uribe

Type Photo

Photo by Dr Leslie Garay

Full shade Cool Cold Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Hammer-Like Lip Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, eret, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below intot he petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on an erect, flexible, flexuous, loose, filiform, to 2.4” [6 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2” [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul.

This species can be color variable into clear yellow-brown colors

Synonyms Muscarella cestrochila (Garay) Luer 2006; Specklinia cestrochila (Garay) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología 8: 180. Garay 1973 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklina cestrochilus; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella cestrochila drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella cestrochila photo fide