Lepanthes cardiocheila Luer & R.Escobar 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep ShadeCoolColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Heart-Shaped Lip Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a pendant, branched rhizome enveloped by 2, long-spiculate, imbricating, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying ramicauls enveloped by a long-ciliate, imbricating, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendant, coriaceous, lightly concave, sparsely short-ciliate, broadly ovate-subcordate, obtuse apically, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an ascending, .02" [5 mm] long, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and has a long-spiculate floral bract.

"Superficially, this species is similar to L. pilosella and its relatives, but the leaves are more or less cordate in outline, Slightly concave, and only slightly ciliate on the margins. The sheaths are long-spiculate. The inflorescence is a short, ascending, successively-flowered raceme. The flat dorsal sepal stands erect, the synsepal is ovate and shortly bifid, and the petals are sagittate, lobed at the base. The lip is deeply cordate with the basal lobes enveloping the column and with the acute apex beneath the column." Luer 1994

Synonyms Andinia cardiocheila (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium cardiocheilum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Oreophilus cardiochilus Archila 2009; Neooreophilus cardiochilus (Archila) Archila 2009; Penducella cardiocheila (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 19(2): 86-87. Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgenus Aenigma, Elongatia and Kraenzlingella Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium cardiochilum; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2007 as Brachycladium cardiochilum; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 as Penducella cardiocheila; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia cardiochila photo fide