Lepanthes biloba Lindl. 1836 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeColdWinterspringsummerFall

Common Name or Meaning The Two Lobed Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and western Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 3600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender to stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 17, minutely ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong to elliptical ovate, acute to obtuse, shortly or slightly acuminate, cuneate below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a slender, distichous, to 1.6" [to 4 cm] long, filiform, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

Checked type drawing W3 Tropicos OK

Synonyms Lepanthes metaxy Luer & Hirtz 1991; Lepanthes otostalix Rchb.f. 1855; Lepanthes peniculus Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as L otostalix drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as L otostalix; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1855; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI1 2012 drawing fide