Octomeria scirpoidea (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb.f. 1852 SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae

Photo by Maarten Sepp

Another Flower

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

Another Flower?


Plant and Flower

Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Hot CoolWinter Spring

Common Name The Reed-Like Octomeria [refers to the terete leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Surinam and northern Brazil at elevations of 50 to 1100 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphytye with very long, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, dry, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, short, terete, acute leaf with no differentiation from the stem and the channeled leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a very short, fasciculate, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem through a small spathe at the base of the channeled leaf.

The first photo seems to be the most correct, the last four are less correct but all fit within the parameters of the drawings.

Part of the SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae O scirpoidea Alliance with O yauaperyensis and is distinguished by the leaves that are always much shorter than the stems

Synonyms Aspegrenia scirpoidea Poepp. & Endl. 837; Octomeria brachypetala Schltr. 1925; Octomeria brevifolia Cogn. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as O brevifolia; Flora of Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as O brevifolia drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as O brevifolia drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as O brevifolia drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 as O brevifolia drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as O brevifolia photo ok; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 photo hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as O brevifolia drawing/photo fide for 1st photo; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as O brevifolia drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 as O brevifolia photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as O brevifolia photo fide;