Lepanthes erucifera Luer & Sijm 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Luer Selbyana 23: 8 Luer & Sijmi 2002

Full Shade LATER Summer

Common Name The Caterpillar Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, cellular-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect, arising on the back of the leaf, congested, distichous, peduncle .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long, rachis .2 to .28" [5 to 7 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with muricate, oblique, shorter than the pedicel flora lbracts and carrying flowers with yellow sepals suffused with brown medially, petals with the margin brown and a tan lip suffused with purple medially.

"Characterized by a small, caespitose habit; a distichous, congested raceme shorter than the leaf; ovate, denticulate sepals; bilobed petals; oblong blades of the lip; and a large, b~segmented appendix. The body of the appendIx IS oblong and ciliate; the distal segment is smaller and bifid." Luer & Sijmi 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 23: 8 Luer & Sijmi 2002 Drawing fide;