Octomeria decumbens Cogn. 1896 SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Part shade Cool LATESpring

Common Name The Prone Octomeria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern and southern Brazil in primary forests at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with terete, narrow, acute, deep dark green, keeled, narrowing below into the thin, stiff, jointed, elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms late spring on a cluster of 1 to 4 simultaneous flowers arising from the leaf base.

Part of the SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae O geraensis Alliance with O decumbens, O geraensis, O juncifolia, O palmyrabellae, O rodiensis, O sulfurea and O unguiculata and are distinguished by the straight leaves large and strong plants with obtuse petals anda tribobed lip.

Synonyms Octomeria decumbens var. major Pabst 1956

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994

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