Lepanthes nummularia Rchb.f. 1856 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Brachycladae type species for the subgenus Photo by Socrates Forrero

Colombia 6/07 another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full ShadeCoolColdSpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Small Coin Lepanthes [refers to the habit]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations aound 1600 to 2450 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold, pendant growing epiphyte with a pendant chain of leaves with an abbreviated ramicaul enveloped by one pubescent sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, glabrous, elliptical to broadly elliptical to suborbicular, subacute to obtuse, the base contracted into a short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a congested, successively several flowered, racemose, to .2" [5mm] long inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Synonyms Brachycladium nummularium (Rchb.f.) Luer 2005; Lepanthes ospinae Garay 1969; Lepanthes polygonoides L.B.Sm. & S.K.Harris 1934; Oreophilus nummularius (Rchb.f.) Archila 2009; Neooreophilus nummularius (Rchb.f.) Archila 2009; Penducella nummularia (Rchb.f.) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1855; Fieldiana, First supplement to the Orchids of Peru. Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium nummularium; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. 2009 Archila as Oreophila nummularia; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella nummularia; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella nummularia drawing fide