Lepanthes octocornuta Luer 2002 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

TYPE Drawing by Luer

Deep ShadeCold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Eight Horned Lepanthes [refers to the projections of the petals and lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing pendent-long-repent epiphyte with pendant, long repent rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a long-pubescent lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, long-pubescent, elliptical, subacute apically, 3 to 5 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a upcurved, slender, .002 to .0025" [.5 to.6 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a long-pubescent, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Superficially similar to L pilosella because of the large, orbicular, deeply concave, striped dorsal sepal. The lateral sepals form a narrowly ovate, bifid synsepal. The petals are trifid with a long, middle segment and a short segment at either side of the base. The lip is subquadrate with sides clasping the column and with narrow, erct, basal lobes." Luer 2005

Synonyms Andinia octocornuta (Luer) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium octocornutum (Luer) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus octocornutus (Luer) Archila 2009; Oreophilus octocornutus (Luer) Archila 2009; Penducella octocornuta (Luer) Luer 2010;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part 1 Luer 2002 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium octocornutum; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8 Archila 2009 as Oreophila octocornuta; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. Luer 2010 as Penducella octocornuta; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella octocornuta drawing fide