Lepanthes tetroptera Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Four-Winged Lepanthes [refers to the diverging lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Chirique department of Panama in cloud forests at elevations above 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 7, minutely cilate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, congested, distichous, .2 " [5mm] long including the .12 [3 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered, inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with muriculate floral bracts.

"This little species is easily identified by the transversely falcate, diverging lobes of the petals and by the minute, narrowly ovate blades of the lip that converge over the decurved apex of a longer column." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 214 Luer 1987 drawing fide;