Lepanthes ursula Luer & R.Escobar 1994 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Drawing by Luer

Deep ShadeCold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Bear Cub Lepanthes [refers to the wooly leaves and dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .15" [4 mm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia in scrub forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with pendent, branching rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a ciliate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendent, largest of the genus, coriaceous, densely villous, elliptical, acute to subacute apically, 5 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, ascending, congested, .02 to .04" [.05 to 1 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with a ciliate floral bract

Synonyms Andinia ursula (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium ursulum (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus ursulus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila 2009; Oreophilus ursulus (Luer & R.Escobar) Archila, 2009; Penducella ursula (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium ursula; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus ursula; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella ursula;Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia ursula photo fide

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