Lepanthes pseudoprofusa Damian & B.T.Larsen 2017 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Photos by Alexander Damian

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Common Name The False L profusa Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm

Found in Piura, Cajamarca and Amazonas provinces of Peru in dense, humid cloud forest around 1100 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 16, closely adpressed, ribbed, glabrous, pale brown lepanthiform sheaths with the densely ciliate on the margins ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, acuminate, cuneate below into the conduplicate, acuminate apically petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a racemose, erect then arching to pendent, arising on the back of the leaf, shorter than the leaf, peduncle .6" to .8 [1.5 to 2 cm] long, 2.4" [6 cm] long overall, rachis 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with conduplicate, acuminate, glabrous, much longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

The most distinguishing feature for this species is the transverse, thick, mucro-like callus between the lobes of the petals. Lepanthes profusa is similar both vegetatively and florally, but is distinguished by the lip with elliptical blades and petals with broadly ovate upper-, and oblong lower lobes, without the tranverse callus at the constriction near the middle of the petals" Damian & B T Larsen 2017

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytotaxa 291[2]: 153 Damian & Larsen 2017 Three new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothalldinae: Orchidaceae) From Amazonas, Peru drawing/photo fide;

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