Lepanthes tridactyla Luer 2002 GENUS Lepanthes SUBGENUS Brachycladium SECTION Amplectentes Luer 1994 Drawing by Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep ShadeCold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Three Fingered Lepanthes

Flower Size .15" [4 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with pendent, long-repent rhizomes giving rise to abbreviated ramicauls concealed by a long-pubescent lepanthiform sheath and carrying a single, apical, descending, coriaceous, long-pubescent, elliptical, subacute apically, 3 veined, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, upcurved, .02" [.05 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a long-pubescent floral bract

Synonyms Brachycladium tridactylum (Luer) Luer 2005; Neooreophilus tridactylus (Luer) Archila 2009; Oreophilus tridactylus (Luer) Archila 2009; Penducella tridactyla (Luer) Luer 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Brachycladium tridactyla; Selbyana 29(2): 202-8. 2009 Archila as Oreophilus tridactyla; Orchid Digest 74(2): 69. 2010. Luer as Penducella tridactyla; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Penducella tridactyla drawing fide