Lepanthes ruscifolia Rchb.f. 1850 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf Photos by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

TYPE Drawing of Flower

TYPE Drawing of Leaf TYPE Drawing by Rchb.f and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing Drawing by Ernesto Foldats

Common Name The Ruschia-Like Leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam, Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2475 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, ramicaul enveloped by 7 imbricate, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptic, acute leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, erect, 1" [2.5 cm] long, fractiflex, successively single flowered inflorescence

CAUTION!!! ... I am not sure of this ID's so please use with caution. The Type drawing by Rchb.f is absolutely corrrect.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 Drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 2 Foldats 1970 drawing not = L biappendiculata; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville and Garay 1972 as L pteropogon drawing ?; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L pteropogon drawing ?; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm;