Lepanthes chelosepala [Luer & Hirtz] comb. novo. Pfahl 2013 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade cool Summer

Common Name The Clawed Sepal Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a repent, branching rhizome giving rise to a suberect ramicaul enveloped by 1 to 2, thin, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, prone, coriaceous, circular, rounded and contracted below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, congested, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Andinia chelosepala (Luer & Hirtz) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Neooreophilus chelosepalus (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; *Oreophilus chelosepalus Luer & Hirtz 2009; Penducella chelosepala (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 30(1): 16 Luer & Hirtz 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69 Luer 2010 as Penducella chelosepala; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella chelopsepala drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia stalactites photo fide