Myoxanthus cimex ( Luer & R.Escobar ) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antenella Luer 1992

Side View of Flower

Side View of Flower emphasizing the swollen apice of the petals

Photos by Egon Krogsgaard

Another flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Angle

Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Bug-Like Myoxanthus

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in the southwestern Cordillera of Colombia at elevations of 1600 to 2400 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 7 tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute leaf that is cuneate below into the subpetiolate base and blooms in the summer on a fascile of single successive flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul and with pubescent, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to Myoxanthus hystrix , Myoxanthus melittanthus and Myoxanthus reymondii but distinguished by the caespitose habit, seoals minutely pubescent externally and internally, petals markedly clavatesimilar to M reymondii and a lobelesss lip similar to M hystrix and M melittanthus. The columns of all three species are similar. The possibility of M cimex being a natural hybrid between M hystrix or M melittanthus and M reymondii should be considered." Luer 1992

Synonyms *Pleurothallis cimex Luer & R.Escobar R. 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 as Pleurothallis cimex drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 Drawing fide; 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