Pleurothallis octophrys Rchb.f. 1876 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

Photo by Roberto Martins and his Roberto Microorquideas Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Helmut Seehawer

Common Name or Meaning The Eight Eyebrowed Pleurothallis [possibly refers to the rows of hairs on the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Brazil at elevations of 900 to 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, shortly repent epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular, rugose, hairy, purple speckled sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy coriaceous, linear to narrowly lanceolate, conduplicate, dark olive green leaf that blooms in the fall on up to 4, arising through a spathe, erect, curved to pendent, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, successively to 5, 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Acianthera octophrys (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Pleurothallis unguiculata Hoehne 1929; Specklinia octophrys (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Linnaea 41: 95 Rchb.f 1876;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:532 Martius, Cogniaux 1893 as Synonym of P smithiana;

Arch. Inst. Biol. Defesa Agric. 3: 32 Hoehne 1929 as P unguiculata;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:245 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Acianthera octophyrs

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia octophyrs;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera octophrys photo fide