Lepanthes ophioglossa Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower

Photos courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Judy Carney

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Snake Tongued Lepanthes [refers to the forked apex of the bilabiate flower]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forestsat elevations of 1500 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, minutely ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, leaf with the base cuneate into a long petiole that blooms in the spring and summer on a loose, flexuous, 3.6" [9 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence with the proportionately large flowers held well above the leaf.

"Related to L corkyae and L schizix but L opioglossa is distinguished by the loose flexous raceme longer than the small, elliptical leaf and a proportionally large flowers witha broad, minimally concave dorsal sepal with a slender recurved tail. The sepals are minutely ciliate and the synsepal is oblong terminated by a pair of shorter adjacent tails." Luer 1996

Synonyms Lepanthes drymocharis Luer & Hirtz 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia Vol 54 #5 pg 358 Luer 1983; Novon 3: 447 Luer 1993 as L drymocharis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide;