Lepanthes hippocrepica Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SECTION Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Warm Cool WinterSpring

Common Name The Horseshoe Bearing Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphytependent occasionally branching, slender rhizome giving rise to a ramicaul enveloped by a single long ciliate lepanthiform sheath with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, sparsely ciliate, elliptic to orbicular, obtuse to rounded apically, 3 veined, rounded and abruptly contracted below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an ascending, .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a spiculate floral bract

CAUTION There are many photos of this species out there on the net but they all are missing the pilose petals so I do not have a photo here as all references say they have obvious oblong, pilose petals and a smooth dorsal sepal.

Synonyms Brachycladium hippocrepicum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus hippocrepicus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus hippocrepicus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella hippocrepica (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Dodson Vol 2 1995 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium hippocrepcium drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella hippocrepica drawing fide

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