Lepanthes llanganatensis Luer & Hirtz 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lou Jost

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Llanganates Lepanthes [A mountain range in Ecuador]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in central Ecuador at elevations around 2800 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, blackish, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ovate, subacute, lightly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a filiform, dense, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Recognized by the dark, coarsely ciliate sheaths of the ramicauls, short, congested racemes, broad sepals, the laterals three-veined, cellular-papular, pointed, falcate lobes of the petals, ovate acute blades of the lip and a small bisegmented appendix. It is related to L callisto of northernmost Ecuador.


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 fide