Lepanthes carinata Luer & Hirtz 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Morley Read and His Nature Photo website

Common Name The Carinate Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/4" [7.5mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2600 to 2800 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 18, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, longitudinally rugose beneath, ovate, subacute, acuminate rounded below into the contracted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and winter on a slender, congested, distichous, 2" [5 cm] long, racemose, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf

Similar to the consympatric L auriculata and L craticia but differs in the thick, transverse callus across the petals between the lobes and the upper lobe is transverse, thin and concave while the lower lobe is smaller and oblong.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;