Lepanthes ophioglossa Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower Photos courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Judy Carney

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

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1500 to 2300 meters in cloud forests 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 3/4" [9 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence with the proportionately large flowers held well above the leaf.

Synonyms Lepanthes drymocharis Luer & Hirtz 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide;