Lepanthes glaberrima Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Hairless Lepanthes [refers to the petals and lip]

Flower Size .5" [2 mm]

Found in Bolivia at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6 close, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, lightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .96 to 1.12" [2.4 to 2.8 cm] long including the .16 to .32" [4 to 8 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the back or the top of the leaf.

"Notable for the small, long-pedicellate flowers produced in a congested, distichous raceme. The petals and blades of the lip are proportionally large and completely glabrous. The petals are incised on the outer margin between the upper and middle lobes." Luer 1983


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:344 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;