Lepanthes pendens Garay 1956 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana Bogota Colombia


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Garay and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Pendant Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Cundinamarca and Boyaca departments of Colombia in temperate forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a to medium sized, pendant, cold growing epiphyte with to 20" [50 cm] or longer branches giving rise to short ramicauls enveloped by 1, lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendant, coriaceous, glabrous, elliptical, obtuse, 3 veined, basally rounded and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an ascending, .25" [1.5 mm] successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

"Vegetatively, it is similar to many other species of the subgenus, but the pendent chains of glabrous leaves often form great entangled masses up to a 40" [1 meter] long. The flowers are borne in short, successively-flowered racemes; the dark redpurple, minutely pubescent, ovate sepals are widely spread; the petals are small and transverse; and the sides of the transverse lip encircle the column." Luer 1994

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Canad. J. Bot. 34: 252 Garay 1956 ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 11 Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium pendens; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8 Archila 2009 as Oreophila pendens; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. Luer 2010 as Penducella pendens; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia pendens photo fide Checked tropicos type OK