Lepanthes hamulifera Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Little Hook Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 800 to 850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, close fitting, lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, suberect to spreading, pale green, ovate, subacute to acute, rounded to broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, congested, .2" [5 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"Charachterized by the small thin, ovate leaves with a short, congested inflorescence atop the leaf base. The sepals are ovate and acute. The petals were seen as erect and antrorse in the rehydrated flower. The upper lobe is obliquely triangular while the lower lobe is minute and suborbicular. The falcate lobes of the lip are similat to L volsella but the shaft of the column they flank is short and not decurved with the clinandrum as long as the shaft witha large ventral stigma." Luer 1995


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 156. Luer 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003