Lepanthes brevis Luer & R.Vásquez 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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

Full Shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Short Lepanthes [refers to the short, distantly flowered inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple, ovate, acute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a loose, .48 to .56" [1.2 to 1.4 cm] long including the .2 to .28" [5 to 7 mm] long, successively 3 to 4, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Disitnguished by a combination of not uncommon features, short, distantly few flowered racemes


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 54 Luer 1991 draqwing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;