Lepanthes cornualis Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Horned Lepanthes [refers to the lips shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia to northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 16, glabrous to microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, purple suffused beneath, acute, the base cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, 3.2" [to 8 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by its narrowly elliptic leaves that are considerably shorter than the ramicauls, the loose racemes that are shorter than the leaf, the fringed ovaries, the broad, minutely denticulate sepals, the lateral sepals single veined, and the narrow blades of the lip with attenuate, more or less recurved bases that resemble horns.

Matches Luer's drawing


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vo, 18 #1 1991 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;