Lepanthes pholeter Luer 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

TYPE Drawing by Luer

Deep ShadeCool LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Cave Dwelling Lepanthes [refers to the petals, lip and column within the sepaline cup]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 meters as a small sized cool growing epiphyte with pendant, long repent to pendent rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a ciliate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, prostrate, coriaceous, glabrous, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a fascile of successive flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and with an apiculate floral bract.

"Lepanthes pholeter is distinguished from all others in the subgenus by the deeply concave synsepal, similar to that of Stelis section Humboldtia; tiny, linear petals; and a horse shoe-shaped lip surrounding the column." Luer 1994

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella and Acronia section Macrophyllae-Fasiculatae Luer 2005 as Brachycladium phloeter; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. Archila 2009 as Oreophilus phloeter; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69.Luer 2010 as Penducella phloeter