Lepanthes inamoena Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Bilabiatae

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


Common Name The Ugly Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a filiform, weak, subdense, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Distinguished by its narrowly elliptic leaf with a weak subdense raceme of very small flowers on the back of the leaf. The bilabiate flowers have connate to the tip lateral sepals, with relatively large petals with the obtuse lobes opposite, the oblong lobes of the lip are p[oorly developed into blades and the appendix is little more than a tiny tuft of external hairs.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:347 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