Lepanthes crista-piscis Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by © Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Crest Of a Fish Lepanthes [refers to the crests along the margins of the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 7, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to few, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence

Part of the group of species related to L complicata by the outer margins of the lateral sepals are involute to expose the muriculate exterior. The majority of these are from Bolivia and are L ciliolata, L complicata, L crista-piscis, L echnida, L panisca, L pileata, L ptyxis, L ringens


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:337 Luer 1983 Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolivia; Systematics of OctemeriaLuer 2010 Luer drawing fide;