Octomeria anomala Garay & Dunst. 1976

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Unusual Octomeria [refers to the floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the state of Amazonas in southern Venezuela at elevations around 2750 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, very shortly repent epiphyte or lithophyte with purple, erect, slender, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, thick, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a fascile at the apex of the ramicaul, erect, peduncle .04" [1 mm] long, successively single, several flowered flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers.

"The sepals and petals are elliptical-ovate with obtuse apices long-acuminate. The lip is broadly ovate and arcuate, more of less decurved near the middle with a convex disc. The apex is shallowly concave below a callus at the narrowed, obtuse tip, with a rounded callus externally below the lip." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Second Edition Vol 2 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Drawing fide