Lepanthes jimburae Luer & Hirtz 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Side View of Flower

Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo WebSite

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Jimbura Lepanthes [A Village in Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths more or less dilated at the ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, filiform, loose, distichous, flexuous, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with spiculate floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the fewer, loose, lepanthiform sheaths, obovate leaves, long-caudate sepals, convex blades of the lip with short connectives and an ovois, pubescent appendix." Luer 1996

Similar to L caudata, L floresii, L paradoxa, L synema, and L vermicularis.

CAUTION!! !The photo above is very close to the drawing by Luer but differs slightly in the column and appendix so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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 good to photo/fide to drawing