Lepanthes papyrophylla Rchb.f. 1856 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower Photos by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

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

Deep shadeColdSpring

Common Name The Papery Leafed Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes at elevations around 2150 to 2450 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 11 to 16, coarsely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute apically, rounded below and contracted abruptly into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, behind the leaf, to 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, loose, successively several flowered inflorescence.

"Distinguished by the congested raceme borne behind an elliptical, acuminate leaf. The sepals are acuminate, but most distinctive are the two narrowly triangular and acuminate lobes of the petals. The blades of the lip are oblong and the appendix is thick and long-pubescent. Similar to L urotepala but it has obtuse lateral sepals and the upper lobes of the petals are much longer and more attenuated." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1855; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 Drawing has a completely different lip than Dodson and Luer = L biappendiculata; Orchids of Peru Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not!= L biappendiculata; 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