Octomeria oncidioides Luer 2003

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Oncidium-Like Octomeria [refers to the callous of the lip being similar to one in the genus Odontoglossum]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Bolivia at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with relatively stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, acute apically, terte in dry state, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter 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 flowers with transluscent red-brown sepals and petals and a brown lip.

"Similar to O odotoglossioides in the proportionally large, tuberculate callus on the middle lobe of the lip distinguishing them from all others in the genus, but the species is characterized by the triangular and subacute basal lobes of the lip while in O odontoglossoides it is oblong, rounded apcially and decurved." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Botanica 4[3]: 3-24 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Drawing fide;