Lepanthes lunaris Luer 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade Cool ColdWinter Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Crescent Shaped Lepanthes [Refers to the lip shape surrounding the column

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with pendant, long repent, occasionally branching rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a long-spiculate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, glabrous, elliptical, subacute apically, 3 to 5 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through summer on a upcurved, slender, .08 to .15" [2 to 4mm] long, congested, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with glabrous floral bracts.

"The little, elliptical leaves are glabrous, but the sheaths of the rhizome and ramicauls are long-spiculate. The flowers are produced in short, ascending racemes. The broadly ovate, obtuse, microscopically pubescent sepals are deeply connate, forming a flat flower. The crescent-shaped petals are also microscopically pubescent. The lip is cordate-U-shaped with basal lobes encircling the column." Luer 1994

Synonyms Andinia lunaris (Luer) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium lunare (Luer) Luer 2005; Oreophilus lunaris (Luer) Archila 2009; Penducella lunaris (Luer) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgenus Aenigma, Elongatia and Kraenzlingella Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium lunaris; Selbyana 29(2): 203 Archila 2009 as Oreophilus lunaris; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 Luer 2010 as Penducella lunaris; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella lunaris drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia lunaris photo fide

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