Lepanthes cloesii Luer 1999 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Lip Detail

Side View of Lip Detail

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Deep shade Cold

Common Name Cloes' Lepanthes [Belgian collector of species]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, far longer than the leaf, 7.6" [19 cm] long, distantly and successively several flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

Similar to L agatarum, L chelonion, L calocodon, L cymbium and L nautilaus. Differs in the upper lobes of the black petals are elongate, narrow and curved forward to protrude from the sepaline cavity. The blades of the lip are pubescent, oblong and convex. They cover the column above the middle because the short connectives are connate to the column near the middle. The slender appendix is in contact with a forked process within the stgmatic cavity." Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

Checked type w3 tropicos OK