Octomeria zygoglossa Luer 2010

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Yolk-Like Tongue Octomeria

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found Amazonas department of Colombia at elevations of 100 to 500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, purple, narrrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, .04" [1 mm] long, at the base of the leaf, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Similar to O heleneana but the species is distinguished by the larger purple flowers with a cordate lip with elongatedincurved basal angles that embrace the column. The clawlike base, half as long as the blade, is sharply deflexed against the bask of the blade." Luer 2010


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