Octomeria taracuana Schltr. 1925 SECTION Teritifoliae-Scirpoidae Photo by © Jefferson Valsko and BIODIVERSIDADE DA FLORESTA AMAZ‘NICA Website


Common Name The Taracua Octomeria [An area of northwestern Brazil]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil at elevations of 625 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to an erect, clustereed, terete stems enveloped in youth by 4 amplexicaul sheaths and carrying thickly fleshy to more or less terete, erect to spreading, linear, obtuse to subobtuse, attenuate below intothe subpetiolate base leaves that blooms on a very short, peduncle 2 bracted, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with very small, thin, ovate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying thin, transluscent, glabrous flowers

Part of the O gracilis Alliance with O gracilis, O saudersiana, O taracuana and O wawrae and is distinguished by the straight leaves and small delicate plants


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm to photo/ fide to drawing