Lepanthes homotaxis Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Bilabiatae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Of the Same Order Lepanthes [refers to the similarities of the halves of the floral parts]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Napo and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador on both sides of the Andes in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on a filiform, subdense, distichous, to 1" [to 2.5 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Closely related to L bifalcis but differs from it by its lip attached to the mid column and the more forked petals. It is also close to L homotaxis ut differs from it by the broader leaves that are not thickly coriaceous, the forked petals and the cordate lip connate to the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:346 1983, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide