Lepanthes setifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Louren Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt .

TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeWarmCoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Bristle Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the bristly appendix]

Flower Size .2" [3mm]

Found in southern Colombia and western Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 1200 to 1650 meters as a miniature to just small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 18, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, often suffused with purple beneath, ovate, acute, lightly acuminate, cuneate to rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, congested, to 2" [to 5 cm] long including the .4 to 1 [1 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising behind the leaf with muricate, as long as to a bit longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The small flowers are similar to the Central American L disticha but L setifera is distinguished by the congested raceme shorter than the ovate, acuminate leaf [instead of elliptical, non-acuminate]. The sepals are transluscent and acute and the petals are greenish bordered in purple. The lip is most distinctive with the slender, bristle-like appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin 53[8]: 820, Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing good; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide