Lepanthes aubryi Luer & H.P.Jesup 2002 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana Webpage

Common Name Aubry's Lepanthes [Canadian Ornithologist and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size

Found in Santiago de Cuba province of Cuba as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 sparsely short-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, margins microscopically ciliate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, arising on the abaxial side of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .2" [5 mm] long, rachis .12'+ [3 mm+], congested, distichous, successively single, several to many flowered inflorescence with tubular, long-spiculate, as long to longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is apparently confined to the slopes of Pico Turquino in southeastern Cuba. It is characterized by a small habit and a short, successively flowered raceme borne on top of a small, smooth, elliptical leaf. The sepals are broadly ovate, subacute and sparsely short-ciliate. The narrow petals are wider than the dorsal sepal is long. The blades of the lip are oblong with the free apical third recurved below the col-umn. When the blades are expanded, these uncinate apices overlap. The body of the lip is broad with a minute, clavate, hairlike process protruding from the small, pubescent appendix." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Miscellaneous new Species in the Pleurothallidinae Selbyana Vol 23 # 2 pg 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014