Lepanthes calodictyon Hook. 1861 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Joel McNeal and the P-Base Photo Site

Leaf and flower Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey. plant grown by Howard Gunn

Lip Detail Photo by Stefan Paeffgan

Leaf in situ Parque Nacional de Tatama, Choco Colombia 2400 meters 8/17 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Beautiful Net-Patterned Leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/6" [8 mm]

Found in western Colombia and Ecuador in wet montane forests as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 450 to 1500 meters that has clustered erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, obconical, acute, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a densely patterned, satiny, pendant, broadly ovate top, subcircular, obtuse or shortly apiculate leaf that is lime to emerald green and red in color with a congested, fasiculate, subsecund, shorter than the leaves, one to several flowered inflorescence that can occur at any time of the year with very small flowers that open in singly in sucession and needs high humidity, constant watering and fertilizer.

The following species are similar yet suffficiently different to make them separate species L barbelifera, L pantominia, L pretiosa, L salatrix, L tentacula and L volador.

Synonyms Stelis calodyction Spruce 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 126 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 12 1983 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 5 2004 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide

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