Lepanthes contingens Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Flower Side View

Photos by Jay Pfahl

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Photo by Arturo Carrilo

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCoolColdWinterspringsummerFall

Common Name or Meaning The In Contact Lepanthes [refers to the the process from the stigma in contact with the apical gland of the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 11, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with broadly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly ovate to narrowly elliptical, acute to obtuse, shortly or slightly acuminate, cuneate to rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a filiform, congested, to 3/4" [to 2.2 cm] long, filiform, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

"The lip of the delicate flowers is most distinctive. The narrow, transluscent blades, angled on the inner margins below the apex, are held over the column by short connectives. The body is attached to the base of the long slender column by a long, slender claw. The pubscent, apical segment of the appendix is in contact witha tongue-like process that descends from the stigma.L contigens is closely related to L transparens but it is distinguished by the broader, entire, lunate blades of the lip." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:335 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 2001 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo ok?;

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