Lepanthes branchifera Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website CR

Deep Shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Gilled Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the hairs on the lower lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cochabamba Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading to pendent, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, weak, lightly flexous, 2" [5 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 54(5): 333 Luer & Vasquez 1983 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI 2010 drawing fide

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