Tetramicra urbaniana Cogn. 1910

Photo by Ron Parsons

Common Name Urban's Tetramicra [German Botanist later 1800's - early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the Bahamas and Cuba? in dry scrub on limestone rock at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized lithophyte with erect, remote, extremely short stems carrying 1 to 4, distichous, fleshy, arched, subfalcate, subplanate to conduplicate, lanceolate to elliptic, channeled above, minutely purple speckled, acute leaves that blooms on a terminal, slender, 18" [45 cm] long, successively 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION Some references including Kew place this species as a synonym of T parvifloraSynonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 # 10 1992 drawing fide; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol IV Withner 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons & Gerritson 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014