Lepanthes bifalcis Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Bilabiatae

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The 2 Sickle Lepanthes [refers to shape of the lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .08 [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1250 to 2150 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 8 minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acuminate, acute leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on a weak, capillary, 1" [2.5 cm] long, subdensely , successively flowered inflorecence arising on the back of the leaf.

Although the lobes of the petals are variable they are similar to L columbar and L homotaxis but they readily distinguishable by the smaller, non-cordate, blade of the transversely bilobed lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide