Octomeria steyermarkii Garay & Dunst.1965 Photo courtesy of © Dalton Holland Baptista and © Orchidstudium
Common Name Steyermark's Octomeria [American Botanist in Venezuela 1900's]
Flower Size 1/2" to 2"[1.25 cm to 5 cm]
Found in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil in cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls carrying a single, apical, rigid, thick, tridenticulate, dark velvety green above, often bright purple below leaf that has a slender to filifrom petiolate base that is concealed by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and blooms on a short, single flowered inflorescence with variable shaped flowers that can be from 1/2" to larger than the plant itself.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide