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

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


Common Name The Little Ball Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 11, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with widely dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, acute to acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a slender, congested, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying glabrous floral bracts.

"Lepanthes glomerulosa Luer & Hirtz and L calocerca have similar habits but the tails of the sepals of L. calocerca are much longer; the triangular lobes of the petals are subequal in length; and the appendix is bifid with one portion overlying the other. Luer & Larsen 2012


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; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and Bruno Larsen