Octomeria condorensis Luer & Hirtz 2010

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Cordillera del Condor Octomeria [refers to the its location]

Flower Size .24" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, peduncle less than .04" [less than 1 mm] long, single, flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with orange tepals and a glabrous, red lip.

"The species is distinguished from the yellow flowered, .16 to .2" [4 to 6 mm ] long sepaled Octomeria colombiana by the wider leaves and large, orange flowers with sepals .32 to .36' [8 to 9 mm] long. The lateral lobes of the lip are reduced to round concave undulations, instead of erect lobes in O colombiana." Luer 2010


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