Myoxanthus gyas (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 1982

SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Scandentia Luer 1992

Plant and Flowers

Photos by © Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Biodiversity Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold LATERSpring Summer

Common Name The Gyas Myoxanthus [Mythological god with 100 arms refering to the inflorescence with the protruding petals]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 2600 to 3400 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with prolific, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 8, tubular, hispid sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on a glomerate mass of old peduncles and sheaths, with a fascile of .08 to .16" [2 to 4 mm] long, successive, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with 1 to 5 simultaneous flowers and hispid, infundibular, inflated floral bracts.

Synonyms Pleurothallis frutex var. robusta C.Schweinf. 1951; *Pleurothallis gyas Luer & R.Vásquez 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide