Myoxanthus frutex (Schltr.) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Scandentia Luer 1992

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Biodiversity Orchid Website

Full shade cool Cold LATEWinter Through EARLY Fall

Common Name The Shrubby Myoxanthus [refers to the appearance of the plant]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 1900 to 3200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with prolific, slender, up to 14 in a fascile at the apex of the old ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, tubular, shortly hispidulous sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellipical, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through early fall on a fascile of several, .04 " [1 mm] long, simultaneous, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with 1 to 5, simultaneous flowers and hispid, infundibular, enclosing the pedicel floral bracts.

"This robust species grows into great, shrublike masses of intertwined and branching sems that often grow among other shrubs where it is well camoflaged. Less commonly it is found on trees. The yellow flowers are characterized by protruding, subulate petals and an arcuate lip. The tall pair of lamellae fits between a pair of long processes at he apex of the column." Luer 1992

Synonyms *Pleurothallis frutex Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis frutex; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 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