Lepanthes caudata Luer & R.Escobar, Amer. 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATER EARLY

Common Name The Tailed Lepanthes [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and southern Ecuador in scrubby cloud forests at elevations of 2750 to 3050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 5, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a filiform, loose, flexible, flexuous, to 4.4" [11 cm] long, successively single to 2, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L floresii, L jimburae, L paradoxa, L synema, and L vermicularis.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 3 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;

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