Lepanthes gossamera Luer & Hirtz 2007 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae

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

Full Shade Cold LATE Fall

Common Name The Cobweb Lepanthes [refers to the fine sepaline tails]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, apiculate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .88 to 1.12" [2.2 to 2.8 cm] long including the .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with as long to half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Most similar to L filamentosa in the gossamer-like sepaline tails, but distinguished by the subdued petals withthe dorsal lobe narrowly triangular and the lower lobe opposite and sigmoid. The blades of the lip are triangular with broadly roundedcorners and connate beneath the column into a body with a minute lobe for an appendix." Luer 2007


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007drawing fide;