Lepanthes bituberculata Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Two Tuberculed Lepanthes [refers to the two processes on the body of the lip]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 750 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a weak, suberect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 13, close, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, lightly corrugate-reticulate, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, very congested, secund, to .92" [to 2.3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with long pedicels and arising on the top of the leaf.

" The thin semicircular blades of the lip are strongly adherent over the column. The most distinctive feature is the pair of subacute processes on the anterior margin of the body of the lip beneath whisch is positioned the pubescewnt, sulcate appendix witha small pair of fingerlike lobules projecting from below." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 125. Luer 1987 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide