Lepanthes pteropogon Rchb.f. 1856 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Another Flower?

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Leaf And Flowers

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Common Name The Winged-Shaped Beard Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on the western slopes of the Andes in very wet montane forests at elevations around 2700 to 3100 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender to stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 12, gray, long-pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a filiform, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

"Recognized by the gray, shaggy-pubescent sheaths of the ramicauls, denticulate sepals, a lip with ovate, acuminate blades and a comparatively large pubescent appendix with an apical lobule." Luer 1996

Synonyms Lepanthes pollex Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 not = L ruscifolia; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 not = L ruscifolia; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing not = L ruscifolia; Phytologia 54: 364 Luer 1983 as L pollex; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as L sp photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide