Lepanthes campodostele Luer & Hirtz 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Sebastian Vieira-Uribe

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Catapillar-Like Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, orbicular, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, loose, distichous, sparsely pubescent, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"Most unusual is the comparitively large column. The oblong lobes of the lip are held erect to either side. The column is cylindrical with a flat apex. Two erect angles are present on the upper margin of the flat apical end, The clinandrium with the anther occupioes most of the lower half of the end. The stigma is located along the lower margin. Although totally unrelated the column apex is remniscent of the genus Andinia." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Novon 3: 444 Luer 1993 drawing fide;

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;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;