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

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

Common Name The Separate Lepanthes [refers to the free lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 10, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, .52" [1.3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with sparsely pubescent floral bracts.

"Characterized by the ovate leaves that are eventually surpassed by a congested, distichous, successively flowered raceme of comparitively large, colorful flowers. The sepals are acute and minutely denticulate, the lobes of the petals are acute, the upper larger than the lower, the blades of the lip are narrowly ovate with acuminate apices, the narrow connectives meet at the base of the column barely forming a body where a bisegmented, pubescent appendix is borne" Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 129. Luer 1987 drawing fide; 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