Lepanthes kuijtii Luer & Hirtz 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Eric Hunt

Flower photo

Photo by Alexander Reynolds and UC Davis Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Kuijt's Lepanthes [Canadian Botanist and codiscoverer of species current]

Flower Size .24" [6mm]

Found in Pinchincha province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coricaeous, suffused with purple beneath, ovate, acute, shortly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, 1.28" [3 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with cilate floral bracts.

"Characterized by the red and yellow flowers with denticullate, shortly caudate sepals that are borne in short racemes on top of an ovate, shortly acuminate leaf. The upper lobes of the sepals are obliquely truncate with the outer corner elongated. The lobes of the lip are cuneate and spreading to either side of the column. The outer, truncate margin is thickened as rudimentary blades. The appendix is comparitvely large, ovoid and long-pubescent." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53(11): 1160 1984 Luer & Hirtz drawing/photo fide; 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