Myoxanthus gorgon Luer 1983

SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Inflorescence

Photo by Lynn O'Shaughnessy and her Pleurothallid Website

Inflorescence

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Gorgon Myoxanthus [refers to the flowers appearance to snaky hair]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphtye with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, rigidly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a fascile of several, simultaneous, .05 to .1" [1 to 2 mm] long, shortly pubescent, single flowered inflorescence with inflated, infundibular, coarsly long-pubescent floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Luer 1992 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide

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