Lepanthes eumeces Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae

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

Common Name The Long Inflorescence Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically ciliate, ribbed lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, progressively lengthening, flexible, loose, lightly flexuous, to 6.8" [17 cm] long, successively 2 to 3, several flowered inflorescence.

"This little species is related to the sympatric, but larger flowered L filamentosa. L eumeces is distinguished by the exceedingly long, loose inflorescence far surpassing the leaves in length, the obtuswe, abruptly short acuminate spepals, the single veined lateral sepals, the narrowly transverse petals ad the oblong blades of the lip with long ciliate apices and a pair of minute appendices one behind the other." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * *Phytologia 54:342 1983, 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