Lepanthes monilia Luer & R.Escobar 1983 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Photo by © Sebastian Vieira Uribe and his Flikr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer

Deep ShadeCold winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Necklace-Like Lepanthes [refers to the chain of leaves]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized cold growing epiphyte with pendant, repent, branching rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a long-spiculate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendent, coriaceous, ciliate, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse apically, 3 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an ascending, slender, .04" [1 mm] long, congested, successively few flowered inflorescence with a ciliate floral bract.

"With minutely ciliate leaves it is similar vegetatively to many other species of the subgenus. The inflorescence is a congested, successively-flowered raceme that ascends above the leaf. The red-brown sepals are ovate, acute, glabrous, widely spread, and the laterals are more or less reflexed. The petals are transversely bilobed and long-ciliate. The lip is shallowly subcordate with the apex broadly rounded and long ciliate with the basal lobes embracing the column." Luer 1994

Synonyms Andinia monilia (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium monilium (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus monilius (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus monilius (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Penducella monilia (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 16(1): 12 Luer & Escobar 1983 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium monilum Selbyana 29(2): 202-8 Archila 2009 as Oreophila monilia; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. Luer 2010 as Penducella monilia; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia monilia photo fide