Lepanthes psomion Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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

Flower on net not

Another Angle not

Photos by Jean Marc Pallandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Tiny Bit Lepanthes [refers to the small flowers]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte, with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, close fitting lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate ostia and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, linearly suffused with purple beneath, narrowly ovate, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on a filiform, very congested, distichous, .88" [22 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with spiculate floral bracts.

CAUTION!! I am sure that the photo determination is incorrect. This photo cannot be L psomion in the series breves because of the reticulated, ovate suborbicular leaves [L psomion has narrowly ovate, acute to acuminate leaves, this one has suborbicular leaves, also Luer makes no mention of the reticulation which is quite obvious], as well as the lip which differs greatly from Luer's drawing of L psomion. I cannot see the lateral sepals to see if they are 1 veined which would keep it in the series breves, but if it has 2 veins in the lateral sepals then it seems closer to something in the series Lepanthes near L calodictyon.

Luer's drawing is absolutely correct as it is the type drawing


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Drawing not to photos; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing not to photos