Lepanthes deformis Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Flower

Leaf and Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photos by Bogarin/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer, Used under permission of the Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Deformed Lepanthes [refers to the askew lip]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador in lower montane cloud forests at elevations around 750 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, pendant, warm to cool growing epiphtye with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 7, blackish, shortly pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical to suborbicular, shortly acuminate, abruptly narrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a short successively single few flowered inflorescence holding the flower on the front of the leaf.

"Plants from all localities exhibit the same apparent deformity of the lip. The blades of the lip are united into a thin irregularly veined veil overlying the column which is twisted to one side." Luer 1996

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; * Orchidee (Hamburg) 38: 38. Luer & Hirtz 1987 drawing/photo fide; 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 fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;