Lepanthes usitata Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Usual Lepanthes [refers to the lack of anthing unusual to distinguish this species]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations 2500 to 2550 meters in cloud forests as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 4 to 5, shortly ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a, filiform, dense, distichous, .32 to .36" [8 to 9 mm] long including the .12 to .16” [3 to 4 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L brevis but it has a loose inflorescence with glabrous sepals


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 375 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolivia; Systematics of Octomeria Luer 2010 drawing fide;