Lepanthes ciliaris Luer & Hirtz 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 Photo by Mary and her Picasa Orchid Photo Website

Type Drawing Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep ShadeCool Cold Spring THROUGHSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Ciliate Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in northeastern Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the ANdes at elevations around 1550 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a pendant, slender rhizome giving rise to slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, infundibular, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendant, thickly coriaceous, long-ciliate, glabrous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on a, .32" [ 8 mm] long, racemose, 2 to 4, white flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Synonyms Brachycladium ciliare (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus ciliaris (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Oreophilus ciliaris (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Penducella ciliaris (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard.52: 8, f. 2. 1994 Luer drawing fide; Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard.103: 307. 2005 Luer as Brachycladium ciliare; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus ciliaris Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 as Penducella ciliaris; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella ciliaris drawing fide

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