Octomeria fusiformis Luer & Toscano 2010

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Fusiform Octomeria [refers to the shape of the leaves]

Flower Size .4" [10 mm]

Found Bahia state of Brazil at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose lithophyte with very stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, rigidly fusiform, acute, sessile below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, less than .04" [1 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, congested, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow suffused with red flowers with the lip yellow with a central purple spot.

"The species is distinguished by the lithophytic caespitose, fusiform leaves that are about .2" [5 mm] broaqd and thick. The flowers are produced in a dense fascile with the peduncles less than .04" [1 mm] long, The sepals are elliptical while the petals are more ovate and acute. The lateral lobes of the lip are erect and rounded and the anterioir lobe is ovate and truncate." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide ;