Myoxanthus speciosus (Luer) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992Photo by Jean Marc Palandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Beautiful Myoxanthus

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2900 meters as a cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, purplish ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8, tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green, suffused with purple, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a congested fascile of several, .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, single, simultaneous flowered inflorescence arising often through a dense mass of old nodes at the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, minutely spiculate enveloping the stout, minutely pubescent pedicel.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis speciosa Luer 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Venezuela Vol XV Part 2 Foldats as Pleuorthallis exasperata not = M speciosa drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Luer 1992 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;