Lepanthes calodictyon Hook. 1861 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Joel McNeal and the P-Base Photo Site

Leaf and flower

Photo by Weyman Bussey. plant grown by Howard Gunn

Lip Detail

Photo by Stefan Paeffgan

Leaf in situ Parque Nacional de Tatama, Choco Colombia 2400 meters 8/17

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Hooker

Common Name The Beautiful Net-Patterned Leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/6" [8 mm]

Found in western Colombia and Ecuador in wet montane forests as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 450 to 1500 meters that has clustered erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, obconical, acute, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a densely patterned, satiny, pendant, broadly ovate top, subcircular, obtuse or shortly apiculate leaf that is lime to emerald green and red in color with a congested, fasiculate, subsecund, shorter than the leaves, one to several flowered inflorescence that can occur at any time of the year with very small flowers that open singly in sucession and needs high humidity, constant watering and fertilizer.

The following species are similar yet suffficiently different to make them separate species L barbelifera, L. bibarbullata , Lepanthes microcalodictyon, L pantominia, L pretiosa, L salatrix, L tentacula, L. tortuosa , L volador and the recently described species L. kayii .

Synonyms Stelis calodyction Spruce 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Bot. Mag. t. 5259 Hook 1861.; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 126 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 12 1983 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 10 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 5 1995 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 5 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 5 2004 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008; Orchid Digest Vol 72 #4 2008 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #12 2012 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #3 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide