Myoxanthus parvilabius (C.Schweinf.) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Scandentia Luer 1992

Photo by Werkhoven


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


Common Name The Small Lip Myoxanthus

Flower Size .2" [.5 cm]

Found in Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 780 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a scandent, almost shrublike masses of branching stems as a stout, erect, prolific [to 8 arising from one] ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 8, tubular, shortly hispid sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through mid winter on a congested fascile of .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with hispid, just shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and 1 to 3 simulataneously opening flowers at any one time.

"Grows into great, shrub-like masses of intertwining and branching stems very similar to Myoxanthus frutex but is characterized by the rosy-tan flowers with subulate petals ad a proportionally small, thick lip witha broadly rounded, denticulate apex." Luer 11992

Synonyms *Pleurothallis parvilabia C.Schweinf. 1962

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo 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