Octomeria pygmaea C.Schweinf. 1949

Drawing by Carl Luer


Drawing by Pabst

Common Name The Pygmy Octomeria

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Amazonas state of Venezuela and Amazonica state of Brazil as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm, shortly repent growing epiphyte with proportionally stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, ribbed tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile, peduncle .04" [1 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow flowers with a with a yellow lip.

"This tiny species and O romerorum are the two smallest species of the genus, and both occur in the upper Rio Negro area and are similar in the leaves, but O pygmaea has acute sepals and petals and the lip is three lobed, with the middle lobe obcuneate and truncate while the lateral lobes are broadly uncinate." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide to the drawing;