Octomeria oxychela Barb. Rodr. 1881 SECTION Planifolia

Flower Parts DrawingDrawing by Barbosa Rodrigues, Courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Plant in situ

Another Plant same area Photos by Jay Pfahl.


Common Name The Pointed Lip Octomeria

Flower Size 1/4" [.65 cm]

Found in Brazil as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte that has an elongate stem carrying a single apical, lanceolate leaf that blooms on a single flowered inflorescence with the flowers held close to the leaf base.

The in situ plant photos are from Boia Ceia', Sao Paulo State, Brazil at an elevation of 2 meters in the first scrub hammock on the beach on trunks and limbs of small trees with lichen.

Part of the SECTION Planifolia O tridentata alliance with O gracilicaulis, O juergensii, O iguapensis, O pinicola, O tridentata, and O umbonulata. Plants within this alliance are under 8" [20cm] tall, have fine ramicauls and lanceolate leaves

Synonyms Octomeria oxychela var. gracilis Cogn. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992;