Lepanthes branchifera Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website CR

Deep Shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Gilled Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the hairs on the lower lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading to pendent, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, weak, lightly flexuous, 2" [5 cm] long including the .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence. Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * * Phytologia 54:333 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI 2010 drawing fide