Lepanthes pilosella Rchb. f. 1886 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Short-Haired Lepanthes [refers to the pubescent leaves]

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte in Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations of 1500 to 2400 meters with a pendant growing, pilose rhizome to 20" [50 cm] long with ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendant, coriaceous, pubescent to glabrous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, basally contracted into a petiolate leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on an ascending, congested, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and has a ciliate floral bract and the flower is held away from the leaf.

This species needs, deep shade, high humidity, constant watering and fertilizer year round.

Synonyms Andinia pilosella (Rchb.f.) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium pilosellum (Rchb.f.) Luer 2005; Lepanthes dasyphylla Rchb. f. 1887; Lepanthes palmaritoŽnsis Garay 1956; Lepanthes peperomioides Schltr. 1920; Lepanthes saccosepala L.B. Sm. & S.K. Harris 1934; Oreophilus pilosellus (Rchb.f.) Archila 2009; Penducella pilosella (Rchb.f.) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as L peperomioides; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as L perperomiodes photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 as L perperiomoides photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgen Aenigma, subgen Elongata, Subgen Kraenzlinnella Luer 1994 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium pilosellum; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. 2009 Archila as Oreophila pilosella; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella pilosella; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella pilosella drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as pilosella photo fide

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