Lepanthes trichidion Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photos by Bogarin/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer , Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Cold Fall Winter

Common Name The Tiny Haired Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size

Found in Panama at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, narrowly acute, basally rounded and cuneate and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a, congested, distichous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"This small species is characterized by the relatively large flower borne in a long, congested, distichous raceme that exceeds the leaf in length. The petals are the same size as the lip. The appendix in the narrow sinus is reduced to a microscopic, cellular process." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Phytologia 55: 194. Luer & Vasquez 1984;