Octomeria albopurpurea Barb.Rodr.1881 SECTION Planifolia Photo by Dale Borders.

Drawing Drawing by Pabst

Part shadeWarm CoolSpring

Common Name The White And Purple Octomeria

Flower Size .55" [1.4 cm]

Found in southeastern and southern Brazil at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with narrow, elongate, acute, deeply keeled, light green, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a short, successively single to 3 flowered inflorescence

Part of the SECTION Planifolia O diaphana alliance with O bidentata, O chloidophylla, O crassilabia, O diaphana, O fialhoensis, O glazioviana, O rechiana and O reitzii. Plants in this alliance are medium to large sized but always have thin ramicauls with loose sheaths and carry thin coriaceous, flexible leaves that narrow at the base into a .4 [1 cm] long, petiole. The sepals and petals of the flowers are acute to acuminate.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 DRAWING OK; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994