In my mind this is always going to be a Muscarella, but Kew want to call it Specklinia, so I guess I will fall in line. At least for the title of this post. It is a miniature epiphyte from Mexico to Central America, found at altutudes ranging from 180 to 1 380 meters. So is actually a warm to intermediate grower that I am growing cool, but it seems to be doing alright with that too. It is a very small plant, the leaves measure only about 3 cm long. It produces a rather thin and long (50 mm), successively single flowered, inflorescence with a small (5-7 mm) flower dangling at the end like a tiny butterfly. Hince its rather apt common name “the winged Pleurothallis“. It started blooming sometime this winter, I think I missed it for a long time because it is so small, and it is still going. I grow it mounted on cork in the cool vivarium, humid wet and breezy under medium light.
Accepted Name: Specklinia alata (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Solano & Soto Arenas, Icon. Orchid. 5-6: x (2002 publ. 2003).
Synonyms: Specklinia hastata (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase, Lindleyana 16: 258 (2001). Muscarella marginata (Rich.) Luer, Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 105: 111 (2006).