Lepanthes lupula Luer & Hirtz 1984 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 Photo by © Benjamin González Echeverry

Side View of Flower

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade CoolCold LATESummer EARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Little Wolf Lepanthes [Refers to the lip and column shape being like a wolf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1950 to 2100 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-spiculate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, shortly and sparsely pubescent, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse apically, 3 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an ascending, slender, .08 to .1" [2 to 2.5mm] long, singleflowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Brachycladium lupulum (Luer & Hirtz) Luer, 2005; Neooreophilus lupulus (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Oreophilus lupulus (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Penducella lupula (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull., 53(11): 1162. 1984. Luer Drawing fide Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophila lupula; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella lupula; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella hippocrepica drawing fide