Octomeria rodriguesii Cogn. 1896 SECTION Planifolia Photo by Floralia and their Brazilian Orchid Website

Common Name Rodriguez's Octomeria

Flower Size 1/8 to 1/4" [6 to 7 mm]

Found in southeastern Brazil in primary forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with linear-lanceolate, acute, long petiolate base leaves that has a short inflorescence with a single flower that occurs in the winter.

Part of the SECTION Planifolia O tricolor alliance with O rotundiglossa and O tricolor. Plants in this alliance are medium to large in size but always have thin ramicauls enveloped by loose sheaths and carry thin coriaceous, flexible leaves that narrow at the base to a .4 [1 cm] long petiole. The sepals and petals of the flowers are obtuse or rounded.

Synonyms Octomeria gracilis Barb. Rodr. 1881;

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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