Lepanthes pilosella Rchb. f. 1886 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Photos by © Peter Bryder

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of © 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 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; 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; 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

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