Octomeria doucetteana L.E.Matthews 2018

TYPE Drawing

Photos /TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette and OrchideenJ. 6(3): 13 Matthews 2018

Part shade Winter

Common Name Alphonso's Masdevallia [Doucette, American Botanist current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador? without locational or elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, presumed epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, papery, tubular, compressed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, subacute, fleshy, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on fascile of short, successively single to 3 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, papery, deciduous, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Most similar to O portillae but can be distinguished by the shorter [3.2 vs 3.5 mm] broader [1.9 vs 1.5 mm] yellow seopals suffused with orange at their apices vs yellow and the bicolored lip [yellow red vs yellow], smaller [1.7 x 1.2mm vs 2.5 x 2 mm], subquadrate-trilobed vs ovate-trilobed lip with ill-defined keels." Matthews 2018

There are 2 more species from the Andes with narrow leaves less than .4" [1 cm] wide, O portillae and O mocosoaae.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * OrchideenJ. 6(3): 6 Matthews 2018 drawing/photo fide