!Draconanthes aberrans (Schltr.) Luer 1996


Photos by Jean Marc Pallandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Side View of Flower

Deep Shade Cold Spring THROUGH fall

Common Name The Deviating Draconanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 3000 to 3700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with slender, erect, sometimes prolific ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carry7ing a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitpic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on an erect becoming abruptly pendulous, slightly flexuous, congested, distichous, 4 to 9.2" [10 to 23 cm] long, successively few to many flowered inflorescence with up to 3 flowers open at any one time with shortly spiculate, infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms *Lepanthes aberrans Schltr. 1915; Lepanthes prionota Luer & Hirtz 1987; Lepanthes trachysepala Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Lepanthes trachysepala drawing fide; Lindleyana 2: 102 Luer 1987 as Lepanthes prionota Drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 7 2007 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;