Lepanthes ankistra Luer & Dressler 1986 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

leaf and flowers

Photo by J S Moreno and Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Hook Lepanthes [refers to the mid lobe of the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, horizontal to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 14, close lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, horizontal, thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate and rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a very congested, filiform, .8" [2 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Similar to L mucronata but differs in the setiform process of the petals margin. L brunnescens Is the closest relative but but the inferior lobes of the petals strongly uncinate separates it.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideologia 16(3): 12 Luer & Dressler 1986 photo/drawing fide;

Lankesteriana 12[3]: 207 - 214 Romero 2014 photo/drawing fide;

Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;

Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;