Lepanthes exigua Luer & L.Jost 2002 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Drawing by Luer

Deep ShadeCoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Very Small Lepanthes [refers to the plant size]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1890 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with pendant, repent, slender rhizomes giving rise to prone ramicauls concealed by a long-ciliate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, pendent, coriaceous, lentiform, minutely short-ciliate, broadly elliptical, obtuse, 3 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an ascending, .04" [1mm] long, single flowered inflorescence witha long-ciliate floral bract

Synonyms Andinia exigua (Luer & L.Jost) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium exiguum (Luer & L.Jost) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus exiguus (Luer & L.Jost) Archila 2009; Oreophilus exiguus (Luer & L.Jost) Archila 2009; Penducella exigua (Luer & L.Jost) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus exigua; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella exigua; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella exigua drawing fide