Lepanthes dicyrtopetala Luer & Hirtz 2009 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Double Bent Petal Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia without collection data as a small sized epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 15 to 17 nearly glabrous leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, concave beneath, longitudinally ribbed, carinate beneath, acute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, [2.2 to 4.2 cm] long including the [1 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!!! The photo determination above is suspect, the lateral sepals are not connate all the way to form a synsepal with an acute apex. Luer mentions L urotepala, L silverstoneii and L vibrissa as similar with the bent petal apices and the lateral sepals are only connate half way but those species do not have the fingerlike midlobe to the petals. I am stumped, must be another unknown species that is very similar?


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing hmm to photo; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019