Lepanthes incantata Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage


Common Name The Charming Lepanthes

Flower Size ..08" [2 mm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6 minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a filiform, distichous, congested, .44" [1.1 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"This little species does not vary remarkably from the average for the genus, but the combination of characters permit its recognition. The small leaf is ovate, slightly acuminate, upon which lies the abbreviated raceme of very small flowers. The broadly ovate sepals are microscopically denticulate, the triangular lower lobe of the petals is considerably smaller thant the oblong upper lobe. The lobes of the lip are not remarkable but the appendix is broadly membraneous, concave with tufts of cilia the longest beneath." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 194 Luer 1987 drawing fide;