Lepanthes bibarbullata Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeWarmFall

Common Name or Meaning The Two Barbed Lepanthes [refers to the lower tendril on the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 754 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 4 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ovate to almost round, obtuse, reticulate, rounded and contracted basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect then arcuate, arising on top of the leaf,slender, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single, several to many flowered inflorescence with half as long or shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Related to L calodictyon, but differs in the congested raceme arching above the surface with sparsely denticulate, broad, obtuse, shortly acuminate sepals and transversely oblong petals eith a long filementous process descending from the base of the lower lobe and passing behind the lip which is thin, suborbicular and is attached to the column by a slender claw.

Similar to the wide-ranging L calodictyon and sufficiently different from the following to be separate species L. barbelifera , L microcalodictyon L pantominia, L pretiosa, L salatrix L tentacula, L. tortuosa , L volador and the recently described species L. kayii .

Checked type W3Tropicos OK


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * A First Century of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part 1 Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 18: 183 Baquero & J S Moreno 2018 photo fide