Myoxanthus serripetalus (Kraenzl.) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Petite Plaisance Orchids

Flower in Natural position

Flower closeup

Photo by Andreas Philipp


Common Name The Sawtooth-Edged Petal Myoxanthus

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru and Ecuador on the rocky slopes of the eastern Andes at elevations of 1000 to 3100 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 long, tuublar, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a short, arising from the apex of the ramicual, peduncles minutely pubescent, a fascile of successively single, few flowered inflorescence withinflated, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis serripetala Kraenzl. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 11 2017 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide