!Draconanthes aberrans (Schltr.) Luer 1996

Inflorescence Photos by Jean Marc Pallandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep Shade Cold Spring THROUGH fall

Common Name The Deviating Draconanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 3000 to 3700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with slender, erect, sometimes prolific ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carry7ing a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitpic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on an erect becoming abruptly pendulous, slightly flexuous, congested, distichous, 4 to 9.2" [10 to 23 cm] long, successively few to many flowered inflorescence with up to 3 flowers open at any one time with shortly spiculate, infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms *Lepanthes aberrans Schltr. 1915; Lepanthes prionota Luer & Hirtz 1987; Lepanthes trachysepala Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 43/3 2001 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 photo/drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide;