Lepanthes jesupii Luer 2001

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

Full Shade Hot Spring

Common Name Jesup's Lepanthes [American cultivator of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Surrey Jamaica at elevations around 275 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, long ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptic to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, deflexed sides of mature leaf, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .52 to .56" [1.3 to 1.4 cm] long including the .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the top or the back side of the leaf.

This species is similar to L elliptica but differs in the larger habit, the large, green, round leaves with more or less deflexed sides, the larger, pale yellow flowers with oblique lobed petals that are not quadrate and truncate and the glabrous blades of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;