Lepanthes erepsis Luer & Hirtz 1986 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes

Another Angle Photos by Milan Vagner

Deep ShadeCoolSpring andFall

Common Name or MeaningThe Roof Lepanthes [alluding to the broad, concave dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in cloud forests on the eastern slopes at elevations of 2000 to 2450 meters as a small to medium sized cold growing epiphyte with pendant, ocasionally branching, to 12" [30 cm] long chain of slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendant, coriaceous, long-pubescent, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, the rounded base cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an ascending .4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Brachycladium erepse (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus erepsis (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Oreophilus erepsis (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Penducella erepsis (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol X Luer 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 2001 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium erepsis; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella erepsis drawing fide