Lepanthes irrasa Luer & R.Escobar 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Unshaven Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with pendant, long repent, occasionally branching rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a long-ciliate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, shortly ciliate, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded apically, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a upcurved, slender, .12" [3mm] long, single sometimes followed by a second flowered inflorescence with a ciliate floral bract

Synonyms Brachycladium irrasum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus irrasus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus irrasus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella irrasa (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilis irrasa; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella irrasa

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