Lepanthes aries Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Ram-Like Lepanthes [refers to the recurved bases of the blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2730 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, oblong, acute to acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 2.8" [7 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Recognized by the congested inflorescence borne on a peduncle nearly as long as the ovate, acuminate leaf, the serrulate, pubescent sepals, the acuminate petals, the blades of the lip with elongate, recurves bases and a minute tripatite appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:329 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;