Lepanthes geminipetala Luer & J.J. Portilla 2002

SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

Common Name The Twined Petal Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with ramicauls enveloped by a long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendant, thickly coriceous, long-ciliate, elliptical, obtuse, basally contracted into a petiolate leaf that blooms in the spring on an ascending, .1" [2 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and with a long, spiculate floral bract.

Reminscent of L pilosella but differs in the thick, elliptical, long pubescent leaf with finely long pubescent sheaths and blooms on a successively single, flowered inflorescence with a flower with a concave dorsal sepal and a subquadrate, widely bifid synsepal and each petal is divided into two parts and stands erect behind the lip and column. The lip is broadly bilobed with the lobes surrounding the column.

Synonyms Brachycladium geminipetalum (Luer & J.Portilla) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus geminipetalus (Luer & J.Portilla) Archila 2009; Oreophilus geminipetalus (Luer & J.Portilla) Archila 2009; Penducella geminipetala (Luer & J.Portilla) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century Of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part One Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium geminipetalum; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella geminipetala drawing fide

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Checked type W3Tropicos OK