!Myoxanthus monophyllus Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992

Photo by Ron Parsons


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Single Leafed Myoxanthus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, hispidulous, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a congested, fascile, .1" [1 to 2 mm] long, simultaneously single, many flowered inflorescence arising at the apex of the ramicaul, and has inflated, infundibular, coarsly long-pubescent, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"The ramicauls are long and stout with scurfy sheaths and large, dense, globose mass of numerous, over-lapping, long-tailed, whitish flowers. The large, long-spiculate floral bracts engulfs the pedicel, ovary and lower part of the flower. The long-terete petals are longer than the sepals and the lip is small and ligulate." Luer 1992

Synonyms Humboldtia poeppigii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis myoxanthus Schltr. 1921; Pleurothallis poeppigii Lindl 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as Pleurothallis poeppigii;

Selbyana 1: 264 Luer 1975 as Pleurothallis poeppigii drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 Drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001 ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo hmm; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 1 2019 photo 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