Octomeria acicularis Luer & R.Vásquez 2010

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Needle Like Leaves Octomeria

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear, acute, thick, linear into the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a fascile at the apex of the ramicaul, erect, peduncle less than .04" [less than 1 mm] long, successively single, several flowered flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"Vegetatively this little species is indistinguishable from a small plant of Octomeria filifolia. A single flower, smaller than O filifolia is producerd successively from the apex of the equally narrow ramicaul. The sepals and petals are oblong, single veined and obtuse. The lip is only .04" [1 mm] long between proportionally large, erect, lateral lobes that occupy the lower half of the lip and the disc is concave above a transverse callus across the lower third." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Drawing fide