Octomeria heleneana Carnevali & F.Delascio 1987

drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Helene's Octomeria [Wife of Co-Collector Delascio current]

Flower Size

Found in Amazonas state of Venezuela at elevations around 100 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall 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 small habit with narrowly elliptical leaves and small flowers with broadly ovate sepals and petals. The lip appears to be thickly cordate with obtuse, basal angles and a short claw that is deflexed 90 degrees to the base of the column."Luer 2010


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