Lepanthes exposita Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer Epidendra Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Exposed Lepanthes [refers to the column and lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Chiriqui department of Panama at elevations above 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, very congested, distichous, to .4" [1 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with muriculate, imbricating floral bracts.

Distinguished by the concave dorsal sepal, the falcate upper lobes of the petals, a column exposed by a bilobed lip with poorly defined blades and an elongated, deflexed appendix." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 191 Luer 1987 drawing fide;