Lepanthes caudigera Luer & Hirtz 1998 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage

Cold spring

Common Name The Tail Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the projecting column and lip]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, broadly ovate, obtuse, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, racemose, congested, distichous, to .2" [5 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and has glabrous floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol 16 Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide