Lepanthes calypso Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Calypso's Lepanthes [A beautiful nymph who lived in a far away place]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 11, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, congested, distichous, .8" [2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Characterized by the congested inflorescence shorter than the broadly ovate, acuminate leaf, denticulate sepals, poined upper lobes of the petals with a very small lower lobe and oblong blades of the lip witha rather complicated appendix with a pair of apical lobules." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *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