Lepanthes micropetala L.O.Williams 1940 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994
Photo by © Sebastian Viera Uribe
TYPE Drawing by L. O. Williams
Common Name or Meaning The Very Small Petal Lepanthes
Flower Size .2" [5 mm]
Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2700 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, minutely short ciliate, entire, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded apically, 3 veined, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an ascending, slender, .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence occasionally followed by a second flower.
Synonyms Andinia micropetala (L.O.Williams) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017 ; Brachycladium micropetalum (L.O.Williams) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus micropetalus (L.O.Williams) Archila 2009; Oreophilus micropetalus (L.O.Williams) Archila 2009; Penducella micropetala (L.O.Williams) Luer 2010
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harvard Univ. 9: 4. 1940. Wms.; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. 2009 Archila as Oreophila micropetala; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella micropetala; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella micropetala drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia micropetala photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Andinia micropetala photo fide