Lepanthes allector Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Enticer Lepanthes [refers to the intricate appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1850 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 9, minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acuminate to acute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, erect, densely, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the broad, smooth sepals, long-pubescent petals and a lip with prominent angles on the front margins of the connectives between which the complicated appendix emerges. The sppendix consists of a pubescent, bi-alate, terminal gland borne from the sinus by an "S"-shaped strap." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:328 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide