Octomeria guentheriana Kraenzl. 1928

drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Guenther's Octomeria [Original collector of species late 1800/early 1900's]

Flower Size .36" [ 9 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 850 to 1400 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, repent epiphyte with erect, slender, terete ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, soon shredded tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a fascile of perhaps 2 to 3, erect, peduncle .04" [1 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, simultaneously single flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with white, glabrous sepals.

"Vegetatively this species is unseparable from O longifolia. Slender ramicauls are produced along a stout rhizome and bear equally long slender leaves to about 8" [20 cm] long. The sepals and petals are also similat tothose of O longifolia except for being a little more than 1/2 the size. The lateral lobes of the lip are elongated and bent forward but not as severely as the lateral lobes of O grandiflora or O tridentata."Luer 2010

Synonyms Octomeria buchtienii Schltr. 1929

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