Lepanthes schizura Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of flower

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TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Cleft Tail Lepanthes [refers to the split appendix]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7 close, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .68" [1.7 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with minutely spiculate floral bracts.

"Identified by the narrowly ovate leaf with a shorter, congested raceme, broad, obtuse, denticulate sepals, large transversely oblong petals, a lip with fleshy blades held over the column and a thick, bifid appendix beneath the column." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 371 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide