Myoxanthus ephelis (Luer) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

Photo by Eerika Schulz and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Freckled Myoxanthus [refers to the lightly red flecked flowers]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6 reddish purple, hispid sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a fascile of .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] successively single flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3, simultaneous flowers, arising at the apex of the ramicaul with red pubescent floral bracts.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis ephelis Luer 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 1(4): 416, f. 99. 1976 as Pleurothallis ephelis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide