Lepanthes evansiae Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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


Common Name Mary Evans' Lepanthes [ American Co-discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador at elevations around 1250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 8, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, suffused with purple beneath, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a slender, congested, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying muricate floral bracts.

The lobes of the very small lip of this species have not evolved well developed laminae, the outer margin merely being thickened. Simalar poorly developed blades are seen in L kuijtii and L elaminata but E evansiae is characterized by the congested, distichous, long-pedicellate raceme that eventually saurpasses the leaf. The sepals are narrow and acute and the petals are minute. The stout column is larger than the lip." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *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 fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide