Lepanthes hirsutula Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade WarmCool LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Hairy Lepanthes

Flower Size .25" [7 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations of 750 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in late winter and spring on a few, 1" [2.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence that is shorter to as long as the leaf, carrying a single flower.

"Distinguished by the small habit with very narrowly ovate leaves and a shorter raceme borne along the dorsal surface of the leaf. The sepals are ovate, acuminate and denticulate, the petals are transversely oblong and long-pubescent and the blades of the lip are elliptical and also pubescent. The connectives are exceptionally broad, with a broad, rounded, protuberant, pubescent body without an appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 135. Luer 1987 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;