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

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCoolColdWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Cordillera del Condor Lepanthes [southern Ecuadorian Mountains]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations of 1400 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 18, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, longitudinally furrowed beneath, subacute, the rounded base contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

"This colorful species is related to L orion, L panope and L steyermarkii all on the eastern Cordillera of Colombia. The longitudinal carina of the thick blades of the lip is seen in all four of these species, but this si the forst of the group to be found in Ecuador. The membraneous appendix applied to the stigma is also similar." Luer 1996

Checked type W3Tropicos ok


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