Lepanthes fiskei Luer 1989 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Another Flower

Another Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing Copyright Carl Luer and AOS Website

Common Name or Meaning Fiske's Lepanthes [American Botanist late 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 500 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, suberect to horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 14 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, pubescent, suffused with purple, elliptical, acute, revolute marginally, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, secund, successively several flowered, .3" [7mm] long, racemose inflorescence arising on top of the leaf. This species forms keikis and is easy to grow.

"Characterized by the pubescent leaves and a comparatively large, yellow, brown and green flower borne on top of the leaf. The sepals are concave, denticulate and acudate. The curved tips of the green petals overlap above the lip. The red brown, oblong blades of the lip are glabrous except for the microscopicallyciliate apex. The appendix is small and tridentate." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo 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

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