Lepanthes plumifera Luer 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

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

Common Name The Feather Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the featherlike appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca Department of Colombia and western Ecuador at elevations around 650 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 11, tight fitting, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, obtuse to long acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .72" [1.8 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying muricate floral bracts.

Similar to L vespertillo but differs the shorter peduncle and in the large protuberant, fringed appendix.


References Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;