Lepanthes falcata Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Type Drawing 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 1900 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.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 54(5): 342. Luer & Vasquez 1983 drawing fide ; 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;