Lepanthes jostii Luer 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photos by Morley Read and His Nature Photo website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Jost's Lepanthes [Physicist, Biologist and Artist in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2300 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 13 to 14, acuminate, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, abruptly acuminate, rounded below and abruptly contracted into the petiolate base leaf the blooms in the fall and winter on a disitchous, congested, to 1.2" [3.1 cm] long, racemose, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf with acuminateshorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to L actias-luna, L athena and L lloensis but differs by the broad sepals, glabrous petals with the upper lobe shortly tailed and the lower lobe long-tailed and a lip with the blades hemispherical and a small bifid appendix." Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999drawing fide;

Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;