Octomeria mocoana Schltr. 1924 Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Mocoa Octomeria [refers to the species location]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations around 450 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing, shortly repent epiphyte with stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, early shredding, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute apically, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a single to a fascile of many, peduncle less than .04" [1 mm] long, arising at the apex of the ramicaul, simultaneously single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with transluscent yellow to light yellow sepals, Transluscent yellow petals and a yellow lip.

"Characterized by the shortly repent habit with a thick rhizome, stout ramicauls, and an elliptical leaf. The sepals and petals are narrowly ovate and the lip has anarrowly obtuse anterior lobe, but most distinctive are the lateral lobes that are erect and retrorse." Luer 2010


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