Octomeria monticola C.Schweinf. 1941 Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Montane Octomeria [refers to the species habitat]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Guyana and Venezuela at elevations around 2700 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, rigid, narrowly ovate, acute apically, cuneate below into the conduplicate, twisted, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a fascile of 2 to 3, 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 pinkish flowers with the lip marked with purple.

"Characterized by the densely caespitose habit with strict ramicauls, and a rigid, narrowly ovate leaf. The pedicels, ovaries and the bases of the 2 to 3 simultaneous flowers are often covered by infundibularfloral bracts. The lip has uncinate basal lobes that are proportionally large, broad, obtuse and antrorse. The pair of small calli are just forward from where the basal lobes would reach and the margins of the lip above the lobes are minutely lacerate." Luer 2010


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