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

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundatrion at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Mera Myoxanthus [A town in Ecuador near where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in central to southern Ecuador in forests at elevations of 950 to 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicuals enveloped by 4 to 6 tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and early fall on a .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, pubescent floral bracts that envelop both the pedicel and ovary.

Synonyms *Pleurothallis merae Luer 1976

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 drawing/photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide