Lepanthes cotylisca Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Leaf and Flower

Disected Flower

Alfonso Doucette

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Little Cup Lepanthes [refers to the cup-like lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2200 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a weak, loose, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Distinguished by the thin ramicauls, the narrowly ovate leaves and a distantly flowered inflorescence that eventually almost reaches the apex of the leaf. The flower has one veined lateral sepals with a suborbicular lip that forms a cup surrounding the column. The apex of the lip is bilobed with a small appendix in the sinus.


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;

Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide