Octomeria jauaensis Luer 2010

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Mesita de Jaua Octomeria [the species location within Bolivar state of Venezuela]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Bolivar state of Venezuela at elevations of 1900 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, olive green, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an, erect, peduncle less than .04" [less than 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 similar to O heleneaena but the species is characterized by the the smaller habit, yellow instead of purple flowers, a broadly obtuse, shortly acuminate dorsal sepal, obliquely acute petals and a thick cordate lip with a claw nearly twice as large as the blade that is similarly deflexed 90 degrees to its attachment to the base of the lip."Luer 2010


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