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

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

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Joined Lepanthes [refers to the meeting of the blades of the lip over the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2450 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, glabrous to microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early fall on a filiform, very congested, distichous, 1.16" [2.9 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Characterized by the weak, slender ramicauls that bear thin, elliptical ovate leaveswith a long acuminate apex. The flowers are ditinguished by the broad sepals, pubescent petals and thin elliptical lobes of the lip densely fused over the column. This adherence is seen in L mucronata and other releated species, but in the case of L conjuncta the union is so solid that the blades must be cut or torn apart to expose the column." Luer 1996

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 128. Luer 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

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