Myoxanthus werneri Luer 2006 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Werner's Myoxanthus [German Original Collector of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6, long, tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of many, .32 to .44" [.8 to 1.1 cm] long, simultaneous, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, with infundibular, pubescent, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Related to Myoxanthus affinis but distinguished by the wider sepals ad petals and an oblong lip that is acutely arcuate near the middle. The biauriculate base is attached to the end of an elongated column foot from whence the folded cented of the lip is lodged near the base of the much larger gymnostemium, benath which the lower half of the lip is held." Luer 2006

!!!CAUTION!!! The photo above is much different than Carl Luer's drawing which is the type so it is absolutly correct. The photo shows a flower with much wider floral segments, they are all at least twice if not more wider and the petals should taper directly to the apex but the way the sepals are attached basally is correct. Please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A reconsideration of Masdevallia, Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 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