Lepanthes brachypogon Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Common Name The Short Bearded Lepanthes [refers to the shortly ciliate, chin-like labellar body and appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1400 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 16 minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to longly acuminate, tridenticulate with the middle tooth elongated, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, dense, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising mostly on top of the leaf.

"Characterized by the weak habit, the raceme lying on the narrow, long-acuminate leaf, cilited floral parts, and a descending mentum of the body of the lip witha horizontal pair [sometimes in appostion] of short, pubescent appendices." Luer 1996

Synonyms Lepanthes bifaria Luer 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:332 Luer 1983; Phytologia 55: 178. Luer & Vasquez 1984 as L bifaria; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide