Myoxanthus sarcodactylae (Luer) Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Myoxanthus Luer 1992

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shade WarmSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Fleshy Fingered Myoxanthus [refers to the thick floral segments]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 600 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, hispidulous, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of many, congested, .1" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising at the apex of the ramicaul, with pubescent floral bracts and has 1 to 6 simultaneously open flowers. CAUTION! Although all photos on the net depict the same flowers as here, I have reservations as to the photo determination. Luer states that this species is distinguished by the pubescent externally sepals, the thick AND TERETE above the middle petals a denticulate lip and the column that is toothed at the apex. PLEASE USE CAUTION!!!! Luer's drwaing is absolutely correct!

Synonyms *Pleurothallis sarcodactylae Luer1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol IX Luer 1992 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok;