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

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.

"This Colombian species was found in cultivation at Ecuagenera without collection data. The leaf is thinly coriaceous and longer than the congested raceme borne by a longer peduncle. The dorsal sepal is ovate and acute while the round synsepal is acuminate into an acute tip. The elongated upper lobe of the petals is doubly bent, which at first appeared to be an artifact (and it may be). A very small, marginal middle lobe protrudes between the upper and lower lobes of the petals. The lobes of the lip are obtuse and the appendix is membranous, oblong and pubescent." Luer & Hirtz2009

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 ; * Selbyana 30: 8 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing hmm to photo; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019