Octomeria rotundata Luer & Hirtz 2001

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Rounded Octomeria [refers to the suborbicular sepals and petals]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador on the Cordillera del Cutucu' at elevations around 950 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose growing epiphyte with proportionally stout, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of a few, peduncle .08" [2 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, successively single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying transluscent pale rose flowers with a with a pale rose colored lip.

"The species is distinguished by the caespitose habit with elliptical leaves, sepals and petals that are broadly elliptical and overlap towards their bases a lip with a claw acutely deflexed from below the middle of a larger, broadly ovate blade and elongated, rounded basal angles flannk the column." Luer 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * SELBYANA Volume 22(2) 117 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide to the drawing;