Lepanthes dictyota Luer & Vásquez 1983 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Similar but different species Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

LATER EARLY

Common Name The Reticulated Lepanthes [refers to the purple reticulate veins of the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

This miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytc species is found in Bolivia in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2400 meters with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 8 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with thin dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptical, purple reticulated on both surfaces, purple suffused beneath, acute, acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a fascile of fractiflex, successively few flowered, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising on the front of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0242 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as L dictiota drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide

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