Lepanthes muscula Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Little Mouse Lepanthes [refers to the trilobed appendix]

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in southern Colombia to northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2600 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphytic orchid with erect, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 14, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical ovate, acute, acuminate leaf that is basally cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the winter through spring on a progressively lengthening to 8" [to 22 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, loose, lightly flexuous, racemose, successively 2 to 3, many flowered inflorescence.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Checked Luer OK

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