Myoxanthus gorgon Luer 1983

SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992 Photo by Alexander Hirtz


Photo by Lynn O'Shaughnessy and her Pleurothallid 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.


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