Octomeria cordilabia C.Schweinf. 1961 SECTION Planifolia

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Cold MIDFall Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Heart-Shaped Lip Octomeria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela and northern Brazil at elevations of 1550 to 2150 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 10, close, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical,acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the mid fall through spring on a fascile of .04" [1mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising st the base of the leaf.

Part of the SECTION Planifolia O pusilla alliance with O concolor, O micrantha, O pusilla, O sagittata, O stellaris and O warmingii. Plants in this alliance are less than 4 [10 cm] tall and have thin ramicauls and lanceolate to oblong-elliptic leaves.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide