Myoxanthus antennifer Luer & Hirtz 1992 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Orchid Website

Lip without fimbriate margin

Photo by Ron Hanko

Another angle

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Antenna Myoxanthus [refers the petal shape]

Flower Size .2" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago, Zamora-Chinchipe and Pastaza provinces of Ecuador to northeastern Peru at elevations of 1100 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 8, long, tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, very narrowly linear-ovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested fascile of successive, single flowers arising from the apex of the ramicauls with infundibular, pubescent almost as long as the ovary floral bracts.

" Vegetatively this species resembles a large Octomeria brevifolia with narrowly lienar leaves often shorter than the ramicauls. Florally it resembles Myoxanthus eumeces with long, protruding apices of the petals but the subquadrat, trilamellate lip with denticulate margis immediately distinguished M antennifera." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo?; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo as M hirtzii ?; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo ?; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide; A taxonomic synopsis and morphological characterization of Myoxanthus (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) Gustavo Rojas-Alvarado, Mario A. Blanco, A. P. Karremans 2021 Photo fide