Lepanthes caprimulgus Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Caprimulignae Luer 1986

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Plant and Flowers Photo by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Caprimulgus Lepanthes [genus of whip-poor-will refers to the fanciful similarity to the flower and the bird.]

Flower Size 1/5" [.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and central Peru in the lower levels of cool, cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2330 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with ramicauls that are enclosed by lepanthiform sheaths and a single apical, broadly elliptic, bidentate apex, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in nature in the early fall till winter on a filiform, 2.4" [6 cm] long, single, successively flowered inflorescence with the peanut shaped flowers arising from each node starting at the base up and held above the leaf.

By Carl Luer "Lepanthes caprimulgasis is rare and endemic in a forest in northeastern Peru where it was found by Janet Kuhn. All plants presently in cultivation descend from the original collection. Although vegetatively it does not seem distinct from numerous other species of the genus, the large, pendent, saccate, purple-striped flower is easily recognized. The dorsal sepal is connate two-thirds its length to the lateral sepals to permit an opening on the side of the convex apex with the acute, deflexed apices of the lateral sepals below the aperture. Deep within the tube the minute, seemingly inconsequential petals and lip surround the base of the much larger column."

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 12 1983 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 483 Bennett & Christenson 1998 fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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