Lepanthes hispidosa Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Very Hispid Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the lepanthiform sheaths]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1100 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 14, densely long-hispid, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, suffused with purple beneath, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, congested, distichous, 1." [2.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top on the back the leaf with an echinate, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Vegetatively similar to L pteropogon but differs in the flowers with the sepals glabrous and entire and the appendiz crest-like on the external surface of the body of the lip." 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; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide