Lepanthes destituta Luer & R.Escobar 1988 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Photo by Allen Black

Another Flower

Photo by Sebastian Viera Uribe

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Poor Lepanthes [refers to the visual illusion that there are no petals and lip]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendant rhizome giving rise to erect ramicaul enveloped by a single, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, pendant, coriaceous, glabrous, widely ovate, 3 veined, obtuse and rounded below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, racemose, successively single, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

A very similar orchid is Lepanthes ortizii which mostly differs in the shape of the column apex and the reticulated brown, green leaves.

"Among the species in this subgenus L destituta is the smallest known, apparently it is endemic in the eastern cordillera of Colombia. It is distinguished by tiny, suborbicular, glabrous leaves less than .12" [3 mm] long, a congested raceme of successive, tiny, light yellow flowers: glabrous, acute, widely spread and relexed sepals less than .08" [2 mm] long, microscopic petals and a red obovate lip with sides that surround the column." Luer 1994

Synonyms Andinia destituta (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium destitutum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus destitutus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus destitutus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella destituta (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 17 #3 pg 179-182 Luer & Escobar 1988 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgenus Aenigma, Elongatia and Kraenzlingella Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium destitutum; Selbyana 29(2): 203. Archila 2009 as Oreophilus destitutus; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. Luer 2010 as Penducella destituta; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia destitua photo fide