Lepanthes erepsis Luer & Hirtz 1986 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower, petals way bigger and concave?

Another Angle?

Photos by Milan Vagner

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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

CAUTION The photos by Milan Wagner show a similar species but it differs in the elongate, concave, hirsute margin petals, and the widely open lip, as of yet I do not know what species it may represent.

Synonyms Andinia erepsis (Luer & Hirtz) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; 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 drawing fide to the first photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 2001 drawing/photo fide to the first photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium erepsis; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 as Penducella erepsis photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella erepsis drawing fide to the first photo; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia erepsis photo fide