Octomeria georgei Luer 2010

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name George's Octomeria [George M Luer, Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, repent epiphyte with erect, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 4, largely intact, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the broadly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascile of 3 to 4 erect, peduncle .04" [1 mm] long, at the base of the leaf, simultaneously single flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with rose colored sepals and a yellow lip.

"The species is distinguished by the thick, creeping rhizome, stout ramicauls, elliptical leaves and relatively large, rose colored sepals and a yellow lip. The lateral lobes of the ovate, trilobed lip are low and rounded and associated with a pair od calli, The ovate anterior lobe is contracted below the apex into a sharply truncated tip.." Luer 2010


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