Myoxanthus hystrix (Rchb.f.) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

Photos Eric Hunt

Full ShadeCold Fall Winter

Common Name The Porcupine Myoxanthus [An allusion to the hispid, cauline sheaths]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 2300 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 7, tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a fascile of .05" to .1" [1 to 2mm] long, single successive flowers arising from the apex of the ramicual

Synonyms Dubois-reymondia hystrix (Rchb.f.) Brieger 1977; Humboltia hystrix (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Pleurothallis hystrix Rchb.f. 1854; Pleurothallis lonchophylla Rchb.f. 1886

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Pleurothallis hystrix drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as Pleurothallis hystrix; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis hystrix drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Pleurothallis hystrix drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Systematics of Myoxanthus Luer 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide