Octomeria werneri Luer & Thoerle 2011

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name Werner's Masdevallia [German orchid Enthusiast and coordinator at the SSan Francisco Science Center in Zamora-Chinchipe current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, loose, imbricating, evanescent tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long, hidden within the spathe, single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying cleistogamus flowers with the sepals light rose colored.

"A small species with the ramicauls enveloped by imbricating sheaths that eventually disintergrate. The flower is single and cleistogamus with acute sepas and etals and a three lobed lip with the anterior lobe erose." Luer 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 340 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;