Lepanthes omnifera Luer & Hirtz 1998 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Bearing All Kinds Lepanthes [refers to the trichomes on the floral and vegetative parts]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique apices, and carrying a single, apical, erect, ciliate, subcoriaceous, broadly ovate to round, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, sparsely pubescent, distantly, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with long-ciliate floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the very small habit with round, ciliated leaves. The distantly few flowered raceme borne by a sparsely pubescent peduncle surpasses the tiny leaves two to 3 fold. The sepals are ovate, acute and long-ciliate. The petalsa er ciliate and transversely oblong, the upper lobe slightly larger than the llower lobe. The blades of the lip are elliptical, cliliate-pubescent an d flank the column, The appendix is thick and concave." Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide