Octomeria deceptrix Luer 2010

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Deciever Octomeria [refers to its misidentification]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Amazonas state of Venezulela and Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 600 to 1140 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, shortly repent epiphyte with erect, stout, terete below ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the more or less twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, peduncle less than .04" [less than 1 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with white to yellow often suffused with rose glabrous tepals and a glabrous, yellow suffused with red purple lip.

"The species is misidentified in Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 as Octomeria spathulata but O deceptrix has an ascending, shortly repent habit, a stout ramical, that is compressed above, and elliptical-ovate leaf that is distinctly petiolate, elliptical acute sepals and similar petals and a proportionally large lip with a pair of thick calli that extend forward onto the anterior lobe" Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as O spathulata drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Drawing fide