Lepanthes glochidea Luer 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing as L millei by Dunsterville & Garay

Another Drawing

Drawing as L millei by Foldats

Full Shade cold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Pointed Lepanthes [refers to the pointed sepals and petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Trujillo state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, more or less suffused with purple, narrrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, arising from behind the leaf, peduncle filiform, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, rachis to .32" [8 mm] long, subdense, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with glabrous, as long to longer than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow suffused with purple, ciliate sepals, yellow-orange, ciliate petals and an orange lip.

"In Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated and the Flora of Venezuela this species was identified as the Colombian, Ecuadorian L. millei Schltr. which is a synonym of L effusa, which is frequent in the high forests of the central part of those countries. Although the loose, flexuous racemes of L. effusa were originally described as being commonly shorter than the obtuse, elliptical leaf, the racemes are often found growing much longer. The racemes of L. glochidea are less than half the length of the acute, narrowly ovate leaf. In addition, the sepals of L. effusa are entire, the petals are not ciliate, and the appendix is reduced to a minute, obtuse angle in the sinus." Luer 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as L millei draing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as L millei drawing fide; Orchids of Venzuela an Ilustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L millei drawing fide; * Phytologia 59: 446 Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide