Lepanthes ciliicampa Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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


Common Name The Hairy Catepillar Lepanthes [refers to the long ciliate petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in western Ecuador at elevations around 60 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 12, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellipical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier summer on a slender, very congested, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying echinate floral bracts.

"Characterized by the small habit, acute, elliptical leaves and a short congested inflorescence. The sepals are shortly ciliate, the dorsal sepal is acute and the laterals are obtuse. The upper lobe of the petalsis erect, narrowly oblong and long-ciliate. The elliptical blades of the lip are also ciliate with the apices either long [low elevations] or shortly ciliate [higher elevations] depending on elevation." 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; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide