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

Side View of Flower

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Sister-In Law Lepanthes [refers to its close similarity to L generi]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 11, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, congested, distichous, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with glaberous floral bracts.

" Distinguished by the very narrow leaves, short pedicellate, distichous racemes, broader sepals and petals and a lip with the anterior margins of the connectives as long as the posterior margins." Luer 1998

CAUTION The photos above are very close to if not actually being L gloris, the drawing is absolutely correct.


References Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide