Lepanthes celox Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Juan Sebastian Moreno

Leaf and Flower

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Yacht Like Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, purplish beneath, coriaceous, broadly oblong, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a filiform, very congested, distichous, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Characterized by the short, distichous, raceme with a pinkish flower with long-pointed lobes of the petals. Most distinguishing is the long boat-shaped appendix with a solid prow that reaches to just beneath the viscidium." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 2: 36 Luer & Hirtz 1987 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;

Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide;

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