Lepanthes longiacuminata Luer & Hirtz 1998 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Common Name The Long Acuminate Leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Carchi province of northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 13, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate apices and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, broadly ovate, acute, acuminate into a slender, elongate process, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, arising on the top of the leaf, congested, distichous, .8" [2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence.

"Distinguished by the rounded leaves with acuminate apices nearly as long as the blades. The congested raceme is borne on top of the leaf. The sepals arte broadly ovate and obtuse. The upper lobe of the petals id broadly truncate, much larger thanteh triangular lower lobe. The narrow apices of the ovate blades of the li psurround the column. The connectives are broad with a broad body attached to the base of the column. The appendix os concave and ciliate." Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide