Octomeria aloefolia Barb. Rodr. 1881 SECTION teritifoliae-scirpoidae

Plant and Flower Photos by Americo Docha Neto courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista.

Part shadeCoolSpring

Common Name The Aloe-Like Leaf Octomeria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais states of Brazil at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with small clustered stems carrying a single, apical, cylindrical, red splotched basally leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 4 short, fasciculate, successsive, single flowered inflorescence.

Part of the SECTION teritifoliae-Scirpoidae O lichenocola Alliance with O aloefolia, O cariocana, O fimbriata, O rohrii and O spannagelii and are distinguished by thye terete, curvered or straight leaves on tiny plants that have a fimbriate lip.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005