Lepanthes glabella Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Hairless Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador in wet virgin forests at elevations around 1250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, lepanthiform sheaths with sparsely ciliate, dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, secund, .45" [1.2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Characterized by the colorful flower with acuminate sepals that is produced successively upon the dorsum of the leaf. The dorsal sepal is purple, the laterals are yellow and the petals are green. The oblong blades of the lip are green with purple inner margins. The column is short and stout with a ventral stigma. From within the stigmatic cavity along the inner margin a peduculated process is held in front of the small, rounded appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *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