Lepanthes calocerca Luer & B.T.Larsen 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Ed Cott

Common Name The Beautiful Tails Lepanthes [refers to the sepaline tails]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in the Cordillera del Condor as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect. slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, acuminate, ribbed lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, 1.2" [3 cm] long overall, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with transluscent dull white sepals orange red above, yellow below petals and a red-purple lip.

"This species from the Cordillera del Condor is most similar to Lepanthes glomerulosa Luer & Hirtz from a region nearby, west of the type locality. The habits of the two species are similar, but the tails of the sepals of L. calocerca are much longer; the triangular lobes of the petals are subequal in length; and the appendix is bifid with one portion overlying the other." Luer & Larsen 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and Bruno Larsen drawing fide AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;