Lepanthes cauda-avis Luer 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Bogarin/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage

Cool spring

Common Name The Bird Tail Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate margins on the ostia and carrying an erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, obtusely cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a racemose, more or less secund, congested, to 6" [1.6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and has oblique floral bracts.

Characterized by the congesed inflorescence shorter than the ovate, acuminate leaf. The sepals are obtuse with the lateals connate above the middle, small, transeversly oblong with the lower lobe larger than the upper lobe petals. The blasdes of the lip are ovate and the appendix islarge with a tuft of long hairs at the tip." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide nom illegal; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide