Octomeria connellii Rolfe 1901 Photo by Alexey Yakovlev and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing Drawing by Foldats

Full shade Warm Cold Fall Winter

Common Name or Meaning Connell's Octomeria [English Collector in Venezuela late 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Guyana on open tepui summits often on rocks at elevations of 1600 to 2900 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte with a thick rhizome giving rise to stout, erect, terete, occasionally prolific ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 tubular, non-imbricating sheaths carrying a single erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate to nearly linear, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a fascile of .08 to .12" [.2 to .3 cm] long, several simultaneous single flowered inflorescence arising at the apex of the ramicaul.

I am fairly sure that this determination is correct but the photo does not allow a great inspection of the lip so please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide