Pleurothallis tarantula Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Common Name The Spider-Like Flowered Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout to slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute t oobtuse, cuneate below intot he illdefined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, strict, congested, 3.2" [8 cm] long, more or less simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul and has an oblique acute floral bract.. Plant is 12 to 18" in height.

Synonyms Effusiella tarantula Luer 2007; Specklinia tarantula (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004; Stelis tarantula (Luer & Hirtz) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis tarantula; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia tarantula; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella tarantula; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide;