Lepanthes macrotica Luer & Dalström 1996 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994Photo by © Ramiro Medina

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep ShadeCoolCold LATEwinter EARLY Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Big Earred Lepanthes [refers to the large lobed lip]

Flower Size .35" [8mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 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, entire, broadly elliptical-ovate, obtuse apically, 3 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an ascending, slender, .04" [1 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a spiculate floral bract.

Synonyms Neooreophilus macroticus (Luer & Dalström) Archila 2009; Oreophilus macroticus (Luer & Dalström) Luer 2009; Penducella macrotica (Luer & Dalström) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 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 macrotica drawing fide

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