Lepanthes cremasta Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Common Name The Hanging Lepanthes [refers to the pedunculated appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 16, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with echinate floral bracts.

" Characterized by the stout ramicauls much longer than the leaves, conngested inflorescence shorter than the leaves, narrrowly ovate, denticulate sepals, obliquely bilobed, obtuse, pubescent petals and erect, oblong lobes of the lip embracing the column, uncinate at the base and with short apices with a long-pedunculated, pubescent appendix suspended between them." Luer 1996


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