Lepanthes decurva Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Color

Photo by Wolfgang Renner.

Another Flower ?

Photo by Jay Pfahl.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Back-Bent Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations of 2800 to 3150 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 10 to 14, glabrous, closely fitting lepanthiform sheaths that are microscopically ciliate on the margins of the upper ostia and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, the rounded base contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a, slender, 2" [5 cm] long, racemose, successively many flowered inflorescence that is decurved below the middle and arising from beneath the leaf.

CAUTION!! The third photo I ID myself, It is very similar to both drawing and photo but has some slight differences in the lip and of course the pilose margins of the sepals.

"Lepanthes decurva is most similar to the Colombian Lepanthes paramosolensis but it differs by the cucculate floral bracts, the densely pubescent petals and by the lip connate to the middle of the column with a minute, shortly oblong, pilose appendix." Uribe & Larsen 2014


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;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing Good;

Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing good;

Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;