Lepanthes sijmii Luer & Sijm 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Anther Flower

Photo by Patrick & Martine Cloes

Plant and Flower

Photo by Ed Cott

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Miscellaneous new Species in the Pleurothallidinae Selbyana Vol 23 # 2 pg 22 Luer 2002

Full shade ColdFall

Common Name or Meaning Sijm's Lepanthes [original Collector and Co-Describer of species]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 14, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with non-dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, shortly acuminate, subacute, rounded and contracted into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an arcuate, pendent, borne behind the leaf, peduncle 1.6" [4 cm] long, rachis 4" [10 cm] long, congested, successively 1 to 2, many flowered inflorescence with longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by tall, stout ramicauls with closely fitting sheaths; a large cordate leaf; and an arching-pendent, successively many flowered raceme that eventually becomes longer than the leaf. The flower is large with a broadly expanded synsepal of deeply connate, obtuse sepals. The blades of the lip are ovate borne by very short connectives. The broad, ciliate ap-pendix is in contact with the stigma." Luer 2002

CAUTION Many photos on the net have this orchid misidentified as Lepanthes adrianae but the TYPE Drawing above of both species are absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Miscellaneous new Species in the Pleurothallidinae Selbyana Vol 23 # 2 pg 22 Luer 2002 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide