Lepanthes composita Luer & R.Escobar 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 Photo by Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep ShadeCoolColdWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Different Parts Lepanthes [refers to the similarity of certain floral parts to those of other species]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia in remnant forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a pendant, slender, branching rhizome giving rise to slender ramicauls enveloped by a single, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendant, lentiform, coriaceous, long-pubescent, broadly elliptical, obtuse, 3 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a, racemose, .04" [1 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of hte ramicaul with a long ciliate floral bract.

Synonyms Brachycladium compositum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Oreophilus compositus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella composita (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 1994 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1994 drawing fide; Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard.103: 307. 2005 luer as Brachycladium compositum; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus composita; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella composita

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