Ornithocephalus myrticola Lindl. 1840

Close up of Flower

Side View of lip and Column

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by © Milan Vágner

Plants and flowers in situ Brazil Photo by © Luis Filipe Varella

Common Name The Myrtle Living Ornithocephalus [A type of tree/bush - Myrtaceae]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Bolivia and Minas Gerais, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande Do Sul states of Brazil in cool, moist montane forests to dry savannahs and hot lowlands as a miniture to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with no pseudobulbs and the several leaves held in a flat fan-shape with fleshy, falcate, acute leaves that blooms on an axillary, pubescent, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, densely to 15 flowered inflorescence carrying lemon-scented flowers.

Synonyms Ornithocephalus chloroleucus Rchb.f. 1855; Ornithocephalus myrtiphilus Schlechter ex Hoehne 1836; Ornithocephalus pygmaeum Reichb.f. & Warm. 1878; Ornithocephalus pygmaeus Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881; Ornithocephalus reitzii Pabst 1953; Ornithocephalus vosburghii Ruschi 1969

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as O chlorolrucas; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as O pygmaeus; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as O chloroleucus drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977; Brazilian Orchids Mcqueen 1993; Die Orchideen lieferung 30 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 542 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing not = O longilabris; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 3 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003

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