Lepanthes acarina Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flower Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Acarina-Like Lepanthes [Refers to the flower appearing like a mite]

Flower Size 1/8" [3.5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Boliva on mossy twigs at elevations of 1100 to 2750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 8, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, rounded basally and contacted into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a subdense, .15 to .4" [3 to 10 mm] long, successively few to several flowered racemose inflorescence that is longer than the leaf and has a muricate floral bract.

Easily recognized by the tiny plant habit and the minute spiculate flowers carried on a subcongested raceme that extends beyond the apex of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI 2010 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide;

Checked Luer OK

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