Lepanthes clandestina Luer & Hirtz 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Bilabiatae

Photos by Morley Read and His Nature Photo website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Hidden Lepanthes [refers to the inflorescence behind the leaf and the minute lip obscured by the column]

Flower Size 1/4" [7.5mm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador on both sides of the Andes in cloud forests at elevations around 1300 to 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on 1 to 3, filiform, subcongested, .2" to .8" [.5 to 2 cm] long, successively single, few to many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L columbar but its lip is transversely reniform or broadly cordate without forming blades, although it is vestigal and lacks an appendix


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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide