Octomeria prostrata H.Stenzel 2001

Side View of Flowers

Photos by Julio Larramendi

TYPE Drawing

Another Drawing

TYPE Drawing and drawing by H Stenzel and Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles

Common Name The Prostrate Octomeria [refers to the leaves which lie parallel to the tree trunk]

Flower Size

Found in Holguin province of Cuba in gallery forests on trees or on rocks along creeks at elevations around 500 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose, prostrate epiphyte with short ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, loose, hyaline sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, spathulate, obtuse apically, emarginate to tridentate, margiin minutely erosulate, purple beneath and convex, green above leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on 1 to 2, arising from beneath the base of the leaf, to .24" [6 mm] long, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with hyaline, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to Pleurothallis excentrica as both have repent habit, short inflorescence and fleshy flowers." Stenzel 2001

Synonyms Atopoglossum prostratum (H.Stenzel) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 16: 26 H Stenzel 2001 drawing fide;

Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Atopoglossum prostratum;

The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Atopoglossum prostratum photo fide;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as Apatoglossum prostratum drawing fide