Octomeria callosa Luer 1981

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The With Callus Octomeria [refers to the large callus on the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2250 to 2750 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 tubular sheaths on the lower half and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year 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 flowers with transluscent rose tepals and a dull yellow lip.

"The species is distinguished by the proportionally large, thick, ovate lip with a tall, prominent callus that occupies much of the disc. Two lamellae meet a short distance above the base to form an inverted, horse-shoe shaped callus." Luer 2010


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