Octomeria parvula C.Schweinf. 1935 Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Small Flowered Octomeria

Flower Size .24" [ 6 mm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela and Guyana at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute apically, narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring 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 yellow flowers.

"Similar to O colombiana but characterized buy the small plants with narrowly elliptic leaves and a small flower with elliptical sepals and petals from .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long. The lip is about .08" [2 mm] long has marginal lobes erect below the middle and the usual pairs of calli on the middle third. Variations of both species converge through the range of their respective concepts making a clear distinction impossible. However the name O parvula is retained for small specimens with sepals less than .16" [4 mm] long, although in reality they could be considered to be variations of O colombiana." Luer 2010


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