Lepanthes composita Luer & R.Escobar 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 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 ; *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