Lepanthes panicellus Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name The Bread Roll Lepanthes [refers to the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2450 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

This species is distinguished by its white flowers with petals bordered with purple and a lip with thick, convex, sulcate blades that resemble bread rolls. The appendix is a small, pubescent flap beneath the stigma.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 360 Luer 1983 Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;