Octomeria gracilis Lodd. ex Lindl. 1838 SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and The Orchistudium Website

Full shade Cool

Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Octomeria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern and southern Brazil in primary forests at elevations over 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stiff ramicauls carrying a single, almost terete dark green leaf that blooms on a fascile of 3 to 6 single flowered inflorescence.

Part of the O gracilis Alliance with O gracilis, O saudersiana, O taracuana and O wawrae and is distinguished by the straight leaves and small delicate plants

Synonyms Octomeria gracilis var. crassifolia Hoehne 1937; Octomeria gracilis var. paulensis Schltr. 1922; Octomeria semiteres Regel 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconographia de Orchidaeceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good