Octomeria parvifolia Rolfe 1901

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation At the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing Drawing by Foldats

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Small Leaved Octomeria

Flower Size

Found in southern Venezuela and Guyana at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, lithophyte or terrestrial with slender, erect, terete, longer than the leaf ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous to semiterete, narrowly elliptical to fusiform, acute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on at the apex of the ramicaul, single successively many, '08" [2mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising through shredded sheaths.

"Similar to O exigua, O integrilabia, O minor, O nana, and O parvula but O parvifolia differs in the sepals and petals being obtuse and single veined and the anterior lobe of the distinct, three lobed lip is rounded and concave while the lateral lobes below the middle are erect and obtusely triangular. A transverse, bitumid callus extends across the disc between the bases of the lateral lobes." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing fide tothe drawing; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskeivytch and Holst 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide