Octomeria harantiana I.Bock 1984

drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Harant's Octomeria [Missionary and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Choco department of Colombia at elevations around 40 to 500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, soon shredded tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, rigid, more or less suffused with red, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a fascile of perhaps 2 to 3, erect, peduncle .04" [1 mm] long, at the base of the leaf, successively single flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying yellow flowers.

"The species is characterized by the thick, narrowly elliptical leaves borne by equally long ramicauls. The unremarkable sepals and petals are elliptical and caute. The lip is distringuished by low, obtuse, marginal lobes above the base and the disc is shallowly channeled between a pair of low calli betweeen the lobes. The margins of the lip are somewhat dilated above the middle."Luer 2010


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