Myoxanthus priapus Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antenella Luer 1992

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Priapus Myoxanthus [greek god of reproduction an allusion to the erect callus at the base of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing shortly repent to caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 7 tubular, hispidulous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the sub-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through mid winter on a fascile of .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long, successive single flowered inflorescence enveloped by pubescent sheaths and carrying 1 to 3 simultaneously opening flowers at any one time.


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