Lepanthes persimilis Luer & Sijm 2002 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Very Similar Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locality as a miniature to small sized epiphyte with a pendant chain of coriaceous, densely pilose, elliptic, obtuse, 5 veined, contracted below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on a .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, , ascending, successively single flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has a ciliate floral bract

Similar to L pilosela but differs in the minute petals, the considerably larger, ovate lip with incurved sides that surround the column and the lip is longer than broad.

Synonyms Brachycladium persimile (Luer & Sijm) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus persimilis (Luer & Sijm) Archila 2009; Oreophilus persimilis (Luer & Sijm) Archila 2009; Penducella persimilis (Luer & Sijm) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIV Luer 2002; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium persimilis; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. 2009 Archila as Oreophila persimilis Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella persimilis; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella persimilis drawing fide

Checked type drawing W3Tropicis OK

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