Octomeria taracuana Schltr. 1925 SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae

Drawing by © Dunsterville and Garay


Drawing by © Hoehne

Flower Photo?

Photo by © Jefferson Valsko and BIODIVERSIDADE DA FLORESTA AMAZ‘NICA Website

Common Name The Taracua Octomeria [An area of northwestern Brazil]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil at elevations of 625 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to an erect, clustereed, terete stems enveloped in youth by 4 amplexicaul sheaths and carrying thickly fleshy to more or less terete, erect to spreading, linear, obtuse to subobtuse, attenuate below intothe subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a very short, peduncle 2 bracted, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with very small, thin, ovate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying thin, transluscent, glabrous, yellowish white flowers with a yellow lip.

Part of the O gracilis Alliance with O gracilis, O saudersiana, O taracuana and O wawrae and is distinguished by the straight leaves and small delicate plants


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing flower fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 photo hmm/ fide to drawing; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide ; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Romero & Carnelvali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;