Lepanthes falcata Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Deep ShadeCoolColdFallWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Falcate Lepanthes [refers to the sepals shape]

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, purple suffused beneath, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a subdense, secund, 3/4" [2.2 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose, inflorescence that is as long as the leaf.

The sepals of this small species are attenuate and widely spread, the petals are slender and transverse and the falcate lobes of the lip embrace the column." Luer 1983


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:342 1983; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch 1983 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;