Lepanthes falcifera Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Sickle Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1250 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, weak ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 14, whitish, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique widely dilated ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, congested, distichous, to 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf with lightly muricate floral bracts.

:Distinguished by the small, weak habit with narrowly ovate, acuminate leaves borne by slendr ramicauls with the sheaths widely dilated at the apices, a congested distichous raceme, acuminate denticulate sepals, truncate upper lobes of the eptalsand blades of the lip with uncinate apices that reach beneath the column similsr to the panamanian L odotolabis


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 148. 1995. Luer and the Epidendra Website drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;