Lepanthes generi Luer & Hirtz 1998 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

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

Common Name The Son in Law Lepanthes [refers to the close relationship with L gloris]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a very slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 10, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, congested, distichous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and carrying glabrous floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the broader leaves, long-pedicellate, distichous racemes, narrower sepals and petals and a lip with the anterior margin of the connectives much shorter than the posterior margin." Luer 1998

CAUTION The photos above are close and may actually be L generi but please use with caution! The bottom lobes to the petals are too long and the column does not seem right. This orchid and L gloris are quite similar. The Drawing is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide