Lepanthes papyrophylla Rchb.f. 1856 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Side View of Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

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.


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 XIV. Systematics of Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing close; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide