Lepanthes jayandella Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The J & L Lepanthes [refers to J & L Orchids an American orchid nursery]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador without location as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, the broadly cuneate base contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, distichous, filiform, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

Disitinguished by the minute habit with a short inflorescence on the back of the leaf with rosy tan, acute sepals and the lobes of the yellow petals are oblong with purple tips and the blades of the lip are narrowly ovate. The appendix is merely a minute, cellular process.

CAUTION J & L orchids for years has sold this species as L jayandella in error, this species is actually L ciliisepala.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing not; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing not

Checked Luer OK