Lepanthes crista-pulli Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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

Common Name The Comb of the Chick Lepanthes [refers to crested appendix]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform loose, to .8" [2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Distinguished by the narrowly elliptic leaves and a short loosely flowered inflorescence with minutely pubescent, ovate sepals, transversely oblong petals, and a bilaminate lip with a forked, crest-like appendix on the external surface of the body.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:338 Luer 1983 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