Lepanthes binaria Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Wolfgang Renner

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Two Part Lepanthes [Refers to the bilobed petals]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3100 to 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 14, dark brown, microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, oblong, obtuse, abruptly acuminate, the rounded base contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a very congested, filiform, 3/4" [2.2 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on concave back surface of the leaf and has oblique floral bracts.

"The most distinctive feature is the pair of proportionally large bilobed petal, eachlobe more or less round. The small white flowers are borne within the concavity of the under side of the leaf." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidee (Hamburg) 38: 291 Luer & Hirtz 1987; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI1 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;

Checked Luer OK