Reestablishment of the genus Myoxanthus Poepp. & Endl. is supported by a number of morphological characteristics, including the presence of hispid cauline sheaths, pubescent inflorescences, and elongated petals with expanded apices (Luer, 1982). In some species the glandular apices of the petals are developed as osmophores,resembling those ofthe petals ofRestrepia HBK. This combination of characters, which distinguishes Myoxanthus from other pleurothallids, is paralleled by a unique assemblage of anatomical features which are detailed here and reenforce the natualness of the genus. The anatomical relationships between Myoxanthus and other genera in subtribe Pleurothallidinae are evaluated briefly at the end of this report.
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