Myoxanthus uxorius (Luer) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Flowers and Leaf

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Wife's Myoxanthus [Named for the wife of Carlyle Luer, Jane, discoverer of the species]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2700 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, purplish, erect, to over 1' [30 cm] long ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, rigidly coriaceous, dark green, suffused with purple, narrowly ovate, long-attenuate, acute leaf with the margins revolute and is cuneate below into the subpetiolate base that blooms in the spring on a short, congested fascile of single, successive flowers, arising from the ramicaul at the base of the leaf and holding the flower very near the leaf base with sparsely pubescent, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Vegetatively it is distinct in the tall ramicauls and long narrow leaves with revolute margins. The yellow, glabrous flowers are produces singly at the base of the leaf. The sepals are broad and the petals are terete above the middle. The pyriform lip is arcuate." Luer 1992

Synonyms *Pleurothallis uxoria Luer 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 5: 186 Luer 1979 as Plerothallis uxorius;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide;

Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo;

AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 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