Lepanthes gonzalezii Luer & Hirtz 2012 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name Gonzalez's Lepanthes [Ecuadorian noted malacologist, presently of Quito, Ecuador, co-collector of this species current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 10 or so, slightly dilated, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, slightly acuminate to a conspicuously tridenticulate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an ascending, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .36 to .6" [9 to 15 mm] long, rachis .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with transluscent yellow sepals, yellow petals and a rose colored lip.

"The ramicauls of this delicate little species are covered with numerous short lepanthiform sheaths. A successively few-flowered raceme equals and surpasses the ovate leaf that is conspicuously tridentate at the tip. The sepals and petals are acute, the lobes of the petals being attenuated. The blades of the lip are convex and pubescent, and the appendix is short and thick." Luer & Larsen 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and Hirtz drawing fide