Lepanthes cordeliae Luer 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Lindleyana 7: 103 Luer 1992

Deep Shade Fall

Common Name Cordelia's Lepanthes [Ms Head, American orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1.5" [3 mm]

Found in Peru in wet cloud forests without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by several, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, purple suffused beneath, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, filiform, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence.

"Distinguished by the congested inflorescence that eventually almost equals the ovate leaf in length, the subacute, elliptical sepals, comparitivelylarge, rounded upper lobes of the petals and a protuberant lip. The blades are held more or less perpendicularily to the sepals and petals. The slightly concave blades are borne by wedge-shaped connectives that are connate to the base of the column without a body, similar to L disjuncta and L plectelis. The appendix of L cordeliae is bisegmented with the apical segment trilobed." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Lindleyana 7: 103 Luer 1992; Drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 671 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide