Lepanthes biappendiculata Luer 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing as L papyrophylla by Dunsterville & Garay

Another Drawing

Drawing as L papyrophylla by Foldats

Full Shade Warm Spring

Common Name The Two Appendices Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Miranda state of Venezuela in forests at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by to 12, pale, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, lightly acuminate, cuneate below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from behind the leaf, peduncle filiform, .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis to .32" [8 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with echinate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow-green, glabrous sepals, dull orange, minutely pubescent petals with a purple border and an orange brown lip.

"Although unusual, a pair of appendices, one behind the other, seen externally on the body of the lip of this species has been seen in extremely few other species e.g. L. eumeces." Luer 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as L ruscifolia drawing fide; Venzuelan Orchids Ilustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as L papyrophylla drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L papyrophylla drawing fide; * Phytologia 59: 444 Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide