Lepanthes curiosa Luer 2000 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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Another Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Curious Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, lax, subflexuous, 6.4" [16 cm] long, successively several to many flowered inflorescence with an acuminate, ha;f as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the small habit with elliptical, obtuse leaves that are far surpassed by successively flowering racemes. The dorsal sepal is broadly ovate and acuminate. The lateral sepals ae deeply connate into a synsepal that is concave below the middle, convex near the middle and with the distal third narrowed with revolute sides. Simialr configurations occur in L katleri and L nycteris. The petals are transversely oblong with the lower lobe longer. Suspended from the sinus, the appendix bears upon its anterior surface a minute, forked appendage." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide