Octomeria moscosoae Luer 2010 TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Moscosoa's Octomeria [Collector of the Type]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in Cuzco department of Peru at elevations around 1500 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with relatively stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, deciduous, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute apically, intensely wrinkled longitudinally in dry state, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms on a fascile of a few, peduncle less than .04" [1 mm] long, arising at the apex of the ramicaul, successively single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying white flowers.

"Characterized by the small caespitose habit with thick, very narrow leaves about as long as the ramicaul. The sepals of the single small flower are acute and three veined. The distinctive lip is broadly elliptical with cucullate lateral lobes above a shortly unguiculate base." Luer 2010

There are 2 more species from the Andes with narrow leaves less than .4" [1 cm] wide, Octomeria doucetteana and O mocosoaae.


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