Lepanthes crista-piscis Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 Photo by © Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

Common Name The Crest Of a Fish Lepanthes [refers to the crests along the margins of the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to few, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence

Part of the group of species related to L complicata by the outer margins of the lateral sepals are involute to expose the muriculate exterior. The majority of these are from Bolivia and are L ciliolata, L complicata, L crista-piscis, L echnida, L panisca, L pileata, L ptyxis, L ringens

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Luer drawing fide;

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