Lepanthes dictyota Luer & Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Variant of the same species and closer to the type drawing

TYPE Dfrawing by Luer & Vasquez

TYPE Drawing

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt


Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Reticulated Lepanthes [refers to the purple reticulate veins of the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Bolivia in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytc species is with slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 8 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with thin, dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptical, purple reticulated on both surfaces, purple suffused beneath, acute, acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a fascile of fractiflex, successively few flowered, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising on the front of the leaf.

?Recognized by its purlpe-reticulated, ovate, acuminate leaves, the short, flexuous inflorescence, narrowly oblong blades of the lip and a brush-like appendix. Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:340 1983, Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0242 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as L dictiota drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide