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

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Embre's Lepanthes [American Botanist later 1900's]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 450 to 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 11, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, reticulated in purple beneath, ovate, obtuse to subacute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, .64" [1.6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying echinate floral bracts.

"Identified by the congested raceme of an inflorescence shorter than the purple reticulated leaf, ovate, denticulate sepals, petals with the upper lobe rectangular-truncate, oblong blades of the lip witha bisegmented, long pubescent appendix. The hairy appendix is held beneath the stigma as if to entice a pollinator." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 132. 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