Myoxanthus hirsuticaulis (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Bogarin and the of The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Warm Cool FallWinterEARLYSpring

Common Name The Hairy Stemed Myoxanthus [refers to the hirsute sheaths of the ramicauls]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Peru at elevations of 650 to 1600 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8, tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through early spring on a fascile of single successively flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul through a spathe and has pubescent, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the caespitose habit, slender leaves, a medium sized flower with deep purple, thick, terete petals protruding and a subquadrate lip with deeply fringed margins." Luer 1992

Synonyms *Pleurothallis hirsuticaulis Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Schedul. Orch. 10: 29. 1930 as Pleurothallis hisuticaulis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 Drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide; A taxonomic synopsis and morphological characterization of Myoxanthus (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) Gustavo Rojas-Alvarado, Mario A. Blanco, A. P. Karremans 2021 Photo fide