Lepanthes decoris Luer & Llamacho 2001 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Julio Larramendi

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and SELBYANA Volume 22(2) 106 2001

Common Name The Decorated Lepanthes [refers to the Colorful Flower]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Cuba on Pico de Turquino as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls carrying 6 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, coriaceous, acute to subacute, margined, minutely subdentate above the middle, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, arising on top of the leaf, congested, distichous, peduncle filiform, .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, rchis .16 to .24" [4 to 6 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, longer than the pedicels floral bracts.

"The plants are characterized by slender ramicauls with obliquely acuminate ostia; a congested raceme borne on top of an elliptical leaf; broadly ovate minutely denticulate sepals; petals with elongated lobes, the upper longer than the lower; and a lip with lunate blades formed below the middle and with apices incurved beneath the column. The appendix is bipartite and hinged just outside the transverse sinus." LUer 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * SELBYANA Volume 22(2) 106 2001 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014