Lepanthes penicillifera Luer 2009 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 Paint Brush Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia without collection data with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, very congested, distichous, .36 to .56" [9 to 14 mm] long including the .24 to .44" [6 to 11 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has oblique, echinate floral bracts.

"This distinctive, small species is apparently endemic in the Western Cordillera of Colombia. Due to an oversight, it was published with an epithet that had been published for another species six years before. Both species are characterized by a brush-like appendix, that of Lepanthes scopulifera resembling a scrub brush, and that of Lepanthes penicillifera resembling a delicate, artist's paint brush. In addition, the petals of L. penicillifera are proportionately large, longer than either of the sepals, and the blades of the lip are subcircular and long-ciliate." Luer 2009

Synonyms Lepanthes scopulifera Luer 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Botanica 4[3]: 3-24 Luer 2003 as L scopulifera nom illegal drawing fide; * Selbyana 30: 11 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019