Lepanthes clarkii Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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


Common Name Clark's Lepanthes [American Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in western Ecuador at elevations around 400 to 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 7, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ellipical-ovate, acute to slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a slender, congested, 1.12" [2.8 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying echinate floral bracts.

Similar to L ilensis but L clarkii is distinguished by the small habit, long-ciliate sheaths of the ramicauls, elliptic-ovate leaves, a congested raceme shorter than the leaf, broad, acuminate sepals, oblong petals, and a small fleshy lip with the glabrous blades adherent over the column.


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