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

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

Common Name The Interwoven Lepanthes [refers to the intricities of the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purplish beneath, ovate, acute to acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Similar to L urotepala but vegetatively smaller, minutely denticulate sepals, upper lobes of the petals neither narrow nor as long, and the appendix differently sculpted . The appendix is a delicately and intricately sculpted organ that appears to be interwoven." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 36 Luer & Hirtz 1987 Drawing fide; 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