Lepanthes pendula Luer & L.Jost 2000 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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


Common Name The Pendent Lepanthes [refers to the pendent growing plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cotopaxi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing caespitose epiphyte with a slender, more or less pendent ramicaul enveloped by 12 to 14, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, pendent, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a slender, arising on the back of the leaf, densely distichous, to 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by a pendent, elliptical, acuminate leaf and a shorter, pendent, congested inflorescence. Two flowers are often produced simultaneously. The broad sepals are connate into a concave, suborbicular flower. The small transverse petals are long-villous, and the blades of the lip are finely long ciliate. The body is thick and broad with a broad, protruding sinus in place of an appendix.'Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide