Lepanthes dodsonii Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name or Meaning Dodson's Lepanthes [American Botanist in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 900 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 8 to 12, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with widely dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, pubescent-ciliate, reticulate rugose, elevated veins red on green, ovate-cordate, obtuse, broadly cordate basally and abruptly contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early summer on a congested, distichous, 1/2" [1.2 cm] long, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence

This species and L aprina are similar but differ most readily by this one being mostly brown, the other is ruby red. Easily distinguished from others by the bluntly cordate, rugose-pubescent leaves often with red veins. Borne on top of the leaf is the green flowre with acuminate, denticulate sepals, narrow pubescent petals, narrow angled blades of the lip with an oblong appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 54:340 1983, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide