Octomeria tapiricataractae G.A.Romero & Luer 2002

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Tapir Cataracts Octomeria

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Amazonas state of Venezuela at elevations around 1546 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, fugacious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, dark green suffused with purple above and beneath, narrowly elliptical to narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a fascile of a few, peduncle .1" [2.5 mm] long, at the apex of the ramicaul, successively single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light orange flowers with a yellowish lip with a central, reddish, triangular spot.

"Distinguished by the little, narrow, purplish, thickly coriaceous leaf. The broadly obtuse floral parts are less than .08" [2 mm] long. The lip is broader than long, with a broadly rounded apex between obtuse, lateral angles on either side witha pair of oblique calli converging from the marginal angles to above the apical margin." Luer 2010


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