Myoxanthus ruschii plate
Myoxanthus ruschii by J. Rossini & M. Frey

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Myoxanthus
Poepp. & Endl. 1836
Type Species
Myoxanthus monophyllus

Myoxanthus abbreviated as My. in horticultural trade, is a genus of in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) comprised of around fifty species


The genus is distributed from tropical Mexico to the Andes, and Brazil. Species are found in wet cloud forest areas.


The stem sheaths are usually covered with short stiff hairs.


Keep plant in shade to moderate lighting. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


The name is derived from mys = muscle and xanthos = yellow in reference to the fleshy and the red brown color of the sepals of the type species.


  1. Chaetocephala Barb. Rodr. 1882
  2. Dubois-Reymondia H. Karst. 1848
  3. Duboisia H. Karst. 1947
  4. Pleurothallis sect. Chaetocephala (Barb. Rodr.) Cogn. 1896
  5. Reymondia H. Karst. ex Kuntze, 1903

Species Edit

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