Meiracyllium wendlandii Rchb.f 1866

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Common Name Wendland's Meiracyllium [German Orchid Collector and Gardener - Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size to more than 1" [2.5 +cm]

Found in southwestern Mexico and Guatemala on mossy trees in mixed forests at 700 to 1500 meters in altitude as a miniature sized, creeping, warm to cool growing epiphyte without pseudobulbs but with curved, ascending stems carrying a single, apical, sessile, obovate or oblong, rounded or obtuse, fleshy-coriaceous leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a 1.2" [3 cm] long, terminal, few [1 to 3] flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves and has short triangular-ovate, acute floral bracts carrying fragrant, cinnamon scented flowers.

Synonyms Meiracyllium gemma Rchb.f 1878 most likely this is the correct name for this taxon according to Hagsater

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as M gemma drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as M gemma; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 11 1961 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 8 1984 photo fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 621 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as M gemma drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as M trinasutum photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as M gemma