Lepanthes hexapus Luer & R. Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

Side View of Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Leaves and Flowers

Leaves and Flowers

Photo by Milan Vagner.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

Full shade ColdTo Warm WinterTo Spring

Common Name The Six Footed Lepanthes [refers to the six segments of a pair of petals]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 850 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6 ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple veined, ovate, acute leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, successively several flowered, 2/5" [1 cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

"Characterized by the congested raceme shorter than the ovate leaf. The sepals are narrow with the laterals denticulate. They are essentially free from each other. The petals are divided into three, slender, diverging, nearly equal parts. The upper segment is ciliate. The blades of the lip are narrowly oblong and the appendix is ovoid and pubescent." Luer 1996

Similar to L heptapus, L skelton and L aguirre but this one has wider ovate leaves and a much shorter, ovoid appendix.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as L hetapus photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 18: 183 Baquero & J S Moreno 2018 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide

Checked Luer OK