Pleurothallis octophrys Rchb.f. 1876 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Tomentosae Luer 1986

Photo by Roberto Martins and his Roberto Microorquideas Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name or Meaning The Eight Eyebrowed Pleurothallis [possibly refers to the rows of hairs on the lip]

Flower Size

Found in southeastern Brazil at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular, rugose, hairy, purple speckled sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy coriaceous, linear to narrowly lanceolate, conduplicate, dark olive green leaf that blooms in the fall on up to 4, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, curved to pendent, successively to 5, 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe.

Synonyms Acianthera octophrys (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Pleurothallis unguiculata Hoehne 1929; Specklinia octophrys (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia octophyrs; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide

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