Lepanthes fissa Luer & Hirtz 1985 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Cleft Lepanthes [refers to the split appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pinchinche province of Ecuador at elevations around 2450 to 2900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 14, coarsely pubescent lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect in relation to the ramicaul, thinly coriaceous, convex centrally, ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, dense, distichous, 1.16" [2.9 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the concave back of the leaf.

"The flowers of this species are borne in the concavity of the back side of the thinly coriacaeous, convex leaf. The lateral sepals are broadly ovate with diverging apices. The lobes of the petals are narrowly triangular, the blades of the lip are lunate and pubscent and the protuberant body holds the split, ciliate appendix beneath the stigma." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ** American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1985 drawing/photo 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