Lepanthes detecta Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30: 7 Luer & Escobar 2009

Full Shade LATE Summer EARLY fall

Common Name The Lepanthes [refers to the column within the lip like a hotdog within a bun]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador without elevational data as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with relatively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with oblique, slightly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, the apex, obtuse, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a erect, arising behind the leaf, peduncle to .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 1.2" [3 cm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"This species is known only from a plant collected in southeastern Ecuador, and cultivated by Ecuagenera. Vegetatively not remarkable, it is distinguished by a proportionately large, elliptical, upper lobe of the petals and a smaller, acutely triangular lower lobe. Most unusual is the minute lip with the blades expanded to expose completely the comparatively large column." Luer & Hirtz 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 7 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;