Lepanthes dactyla Garay 1971 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes>

Side View of Flower

Another Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower

Photos by Milan Vagner

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana Bogota Colombia

Type sheet drawing and photo Original Drawing and Type Sheet Courtesy of The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Finger Lepanthes [refers to the petals shape]

Flower Size 1/10" [3mm]

Found in Antioquia, Boyaca and Norte de Santander departments of Colombia in scrub cloud forests at elevations around 1950 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a pendant, long-repent chain of abbreviated ramicauls enveloped by a long ciliate, lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, ciliate, sparsely pubescent, broadly elliptical, obtuse, 3 to 5 veined, cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, upcurved, .08" [2mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an apiculate floral bract.

Synonyms Andinia dactyla (Garay) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2016; Brachycladium dactylum (Garay) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus dactylus (Garay) Archila 2009; Oreophilus dactylus (Garay) Archila 2009; Penducella dactyla (Garay) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium dactylum; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 as Penducella dactyla; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Andinia dactyla photo fide