Myoxanthus xiphion Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Myoxanthus SECTION Antennella Luer 1992

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

Common Name The Little Sword Myoxanthus [refers to the shape of the leaves]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in eastern Ecuador in wet forests at elevations of 850 to 1650 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular, hispidulous, disintegrating sheaths carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on succession of .08 to .032" [2 to 3 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the aggregation of nodes at the apex of the ramicaul with pubescent floral bracts.


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