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

Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Cast Out Lepanthes [Refers to the flower arising far away from the leaf apex]]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 13, tight-fitting, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, longly acuminate, the cuneate base narrows below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, distichous, filiform, 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the top surface of the leaf and extends well beyond the apex of the leaf.

"This species is one of several characterized by an elongated peduncle with the densely flowered raceme hanging over the acuminate apexof the leaf, a chracteristic similar to L vespertillo but L ejecta is distinguished by the ovate, glabrous sepals, transversely narrowly bilobed petals, ciliate, suborbicular blades of the lip with a cymbiform appendix.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orchidee (Hamburg) 38(1): 36. Luer & Hirtz 1987 drawing fide; 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 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK