Lepanthes viebrockiana Luer & L.Jost 1998 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Side View of Flower

Another Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower Photos by Milan Vagner

Deep shade CoolSpring

Common Name Viebrock's Lepanthes [Betty Viebrock, mother of John Moore, American Ornithologist 1900's]

Flower Size .1" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, repent rhizome with short ramicauls enveloped by a single, lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, coriaceous, ciliate-denticulate, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, 3 veined, abruptly narrowing and cuneate into the short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an ascending, .15" to .25" [4 to 6 mm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with a ciliate floral bract.

CAUTION The species in the photograph fits Luer's description of L viebrockiana in all respects other than not having hairs along the margins of the sepals so use this determination with caution.

Synonyms Brachycladium viebrockianum (Luer & L.Jost) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus viebrockianus (Luer & L.Jost) Archila 2009; Oreophilus viebrockianus (Luer & L.Jost) Archila 2009; Penducella viebrockiana (Luer & L.Jost) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium viebrockianum; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus viebrockiana; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella viebrockiana; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella hippocrepica drawing fide