Lepanthes gin-ganii Luer & Thoerle 2010 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Lauren Bachman/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Orchid Digest 74[1]: 38 2010 and the Epidendra Website


Common Name Gin Gan's Lepanthes [American Cultivator of Species current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Venezuela at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, close fitting, dark, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, roundly to broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and early fall on a distichous, 1.1" [28 mm] long, loose at the base, congested above, successively flowered inflorescence arising either on the top or the bottom of the leaf.

"L gin-ganii differs from L samacensis by its larger size, much longer pedicels, a lip with the blades slightly concave and not thickeneed and a minute and slender appendix witha tuft of cilia at the tip, instead of an appendix that is large, thick and ovoid." Luer & Thoerle 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchid Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing as L wageneri drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchid Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as L samacensis drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as L wageneri drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L wageneri drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as L cercion drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as L cercion photo fide; * Orchid Digest Vol 74 No 1 Luer & Thoerle 2010 drawing/photo fide;