Lepanthes hamiltonii Luer 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name Hamilton's Lepanthes [American Collector of Species Current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in San Martin department of Peru at elevations around 3600 meters as a mini-miniature to minaiture sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, dark, coarsely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, ovate, subacute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, arising on the back of the leaf, congested, .4" [1 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with a dark, longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Characterized by a small, ovate leaf that is conspicuously shorter than the dark, densely cilate-shaethed ramicaul that bears it. The flowers are borne in a short raceme behind the leaf, The speals are acuminate, the lobes of the petals are subquadrate and about equal in size and the lip is circular and incised anteriorly into two lunate lobes." Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide;