Lepanthes barbigera Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

photo/TYPE Drawing by Luer and the Epidendra website

Full Shade ColdSpring

Common Name The Whisker-Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the long-cilaite lobes of the lips]

Flower Size .24" [6mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2550 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 13, minutely ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, long-acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, distichous, congested, successively many flowered inflorescence

Characterized by the ovate, long-acuminate leaf and a very congested raceme held behind the leaf. The sepals are denticulate and obtuse but shortly acuminate. The petals are pubescent with the lower lobes being long pubescent. The bloades of the lip are flat to slightly concave and long ciliate towards the apices. The appendix is sulcvate and protrudes beyond a thick sinus of the body." Luer 1999

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer & Jost 2011 drawing fide

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