Myoxanthus ephelis (Luer) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antenella Luer 1992

Photo by Eerika Schulz and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Freckled Myoxanthus [refers to the lightly red flecked flowers]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6 reddish purple, hispid sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a fascile of .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] successively single flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3, simultaneous flowers, arising at the apex of the ramicaul with red pubescent, alomost to as long as the ovary f floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the medium size, the caesiptose habit, a fascile of a few, red flecked flowers with blunt, ovate sepals and subulate petals and a three lobed lip with large, luneate lateral lobes and a pair of central lamellae sepalrated medially by a channel." Luer 1992

Synonyms *Pleurothallis ephelis Luer 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 1(4): 416, f. 99. 1976 as Pleurothallis ephelis drawing fide; *Selbyana 7(1): 43. (Luer) Luer 1982 Myoxanthus ephelis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 Drawing fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Myoxanthus sp nov. Colombia SVU Pg 200 bottom right photo fide; A taxonomic synopsis and morphological characterization of Myoxanthus (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) Gustavo Rojas-Alvarado, Mario A. Blanco, A. P. Karremans 2021 Photo fide