Myoxanthus dasyllis Luer & Hirtz 1992 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Warm cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Bear-Like Myoxanthus [refers to the pubescent floral parts and denticulate carinae of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 700 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, long, tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying an erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a congested, fascile of several to many, .04 to .12" [1 to 3mm] long, simultaneous, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, red-spiculate, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"According to Luer & Hirtz (1992), the flowers of this species are distinguished by their densely red spiculate floral bracts, ovary and sepals that are borne by short peduncles (actually pseudopeduncles) usually less than .12" [3 mm] long, petals thickened and microscopically erose or cellular-capitate and ligulate lip with a pair or denticulate carinae. The most similar species is M. herzogii, which shares most of the same diagnostic features except for the denticulate carinae of the lip." Rojas-Alvarado, Blanco & Karremans 2021


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; A taxonomic synopsis and morphological characterization of Myoxanthus (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) Gustavo Rojas-Alvarado, Mario A. Blanco, A. P. Karremans 2021