Lepanthes stalactites Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Bilamellatae

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

Plant and Flower

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Deep ShadeColdFallWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Stalactite Lepanthes [refers to the dangling pendant plant]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in wet forests at elevations around 2600 to 3000 meters as a large to giant sized, pendant, cold growing epiphyte with stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying pendant, overlapping, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a congested, to .1" [to 3mm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Synonyms Andinia stalactites (Luer & Hirtz) Karremans & S.V.Uribe 2017; Brachycladium stalactites (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus stalactites (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Oreophilus stalactites (Luer & Hirtz) Archila 2009; Penducella stalactites (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2010;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium stalactites; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Selbyana 29(2): 203. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus stalactites; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010 Luer as Penducella stalactites photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella stalactites drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia stalactites photo fide

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK