Lepanthes inaequisepala Luer & J.J.Portilla 2002 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes Series Elongatae 1993 Photo by Bart & Helene Gendel and their Briggs Hill Orchids

Another Flower Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep Shade CoolFall

Common Name or MeaningThe Unequal Sepals Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 to 7, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a suberect, flexuous, 4" [10 cm] long, loose, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence that far surpasses the leaf.

Related to L elegantula but has relatively large flowers on a long, flexuous, distantly flowered racemose inflorescence that far exceed the leaf. The dorsal sepal is large and concave and has a long-acuminate tip. The synsepal is narrowly linear beyond the base terminating into a pair of acute tips and the petals are "S" shaped.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 in corrigenda; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide