Octomeria chloidophylla (Rchb.f.) Garay 1967

Drawing of O semiconnata by Carl Luer


Drawing by Pabst

Common Name The Honey Yellow 2 Leaved Octomeria

Flower Size .54" [1.3 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil at elevations of 860 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, tubular, fragmentred sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, channeled, acute, continuous below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a peduncle .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, at the paex of the ramicaul, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow green flowers with a yellow to red lip.

Vegetatively similar to O dalestroemii with long, slender ramicauls and long slender leaves but the species is distinguished by the semiconnation of more or less parellel lateral sepals. The lip is broadly oblong, broadly rounded or truncate apically with proportionally small lateral lobes and a short pair if oblique calli." Luer 2010

Synonyms Humboltia chloidophylla (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Octomeria dusenii Schltr. 1919; Octomeria semiconnata C.Schweinf. 1952; *Pleurothallis chloidophylla Rchb.f. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 as O semiconnata drawing fide;