Lepanthes dryades Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold LATERSpring

Common Name The Tree Nymph Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, close, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect to horizontal in relation to the ramicaul, purplish beneath, ovate, acute, lightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, .52 to .68" [1.3 to 1.7 cm] long including the .32 to .48" [8 to 12 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Locally abundant and variable in flower color and in the lengths of the setiform lateral lobes of the petals. It is distinguished by the body of the lip with a central cavity and a comparitively large, deflexed, pubescent appendix." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin 53[9]: 918-920, Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide;AOS Bulletin Vol 64 #10 1995 photo hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drrawing/photo fide;