Octomeria dalstroemii Luer 2001

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Part shade Hot Warm LATESummer Fall

Common Name Dalstroem's Octomeria [Swedish Orchid Illustrator and Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 600 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect, slender, terete ramicaul enveloped almost completely by 6 to 8, tubular, tight, acute, scarious, deciduous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear, channeled, acute, continuous below intothe sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a fascile of short, .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is similar to Octomeria linearifolia of southern Brazil, but differs with a caespitose habit instead of repent. The plant is larger with larger flowers with a red lip. The lip is broader with lower basal lobes." Luer 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * SELBYANA Volume 22(2) 116 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide;