Lepanthes lupula Luer & Hirtz 1984 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994

Side View of Flower Photo by © Benjamin González Echeverry

Type Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade CoolCold LATESummer EARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Little Wolf Lepanthes [Refers to the lip and column shape being like a wolf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1950 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with pendant, long repent, occasionally branching rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a long-spiculate lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, shortly and sparsely pubescent, broadly elliptical, subacute to obtuse apically, 3 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an ascending, slender, .08 to .1" [2 to 2.5mm] long, singleflowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Andinia lupula (Luer & Hirtz) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium lupulum (Luer & Hirtz) Luer, 2005; Neooreophilus lupulus (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Oreophilus lupulus (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Penducella lupula (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull., 53(11): 1162. 1984. Luer Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophila lupula; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella lupula; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella hippocrepica drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia lupula photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Andinia lupulaphoto fide