Lepanthes dactylopetala Luer & Hirtz 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Sophia Nogales and The I Naturalist Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Finger-Like Petal Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 15 dilated, acuminate, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, 2" [5 cm] long overall, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts with flowers with transluscent yellow sepals, dark red with an oranger border petals and a dark orange lip.

"Among the slender, middle-sized species of the genus with long, acuminate tips of thin leaves and acuminate tips of the sepals, this species is distinguished by obliquely truncate upper lobes of the petals with the medial corner produced into a fingerlike lobule, and the outer corner produced into a similar lobule, while the triangular lower lobe presents as a third, albeit narrower, fingerlike lobule." Luer & Larsen 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and A Hirtz drawing fide