Lepanthes deliqua Luer 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Cold Winter LATE Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Lacking Lepanthes [refers to the total abscence of the body and appendix of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pinchincha and Chimborazo provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 2400 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a loose, flexuous, progressively lengthening, racemose, 1 to 2.4" [2.5 to 6 cm] long, including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"Distinguished by the loose, flexuous raceme that surpasses the oblong leaf, acuminate, denticulate sepals, narrowly transverse petals and a lip with rounded blades borne by slender connectives connate sirectly to the column above the middle without forming a body or appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 55: 181. Luer & Vasquez 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide;