Lepanthes didyma Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Two Equal Part Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, congested, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with imbricating floral bracts.

"Similar to L pecunialis but L didyma is distinguished by the large petals with forked, diverging obes and a suborbicular lip that embraces the column and is cleft antiorly." Luer 1996


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