Octomeria tridentata Lindl. 1839 SECTION Planifolia

Drawing by Carl Luer

Plant drawing

Flower drawing

Drawing by Barbosa Rodrigues, Courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name or Meaning The Three-Toothed Octomeria

Flower Size .38" [9 mm]

Found in Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Surinam, Brazil and Peru at elevations of 100 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose to shortly ascending epiphyte with stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, fast shredding sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical to narrowly elliptical-oblong, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, peduncle .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, successively single to simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with shorter thant he ovary floral bracts and carrying white to yellow flowers with a yellow lip.

Part of the SECTION Planifolia, O tridentata alliance with O gracilicaulis, O juergensii, O oxichela, O pinicola, O iguapensis, and O umbonulata. Plants within this alliance are under 8" [20cm] tall, have fine ramicauls and lanceolate leaves

Synonyms Octomeria multiflora Barb.Rodr. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #2 2019 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide

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