Lepanthes mammillata Luer 1996 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 Nipple Bearing Lepanthes [refers tothe tips of the blades of the lip and the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by to 22, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a very congested, distichous, 2.2 to 2.4" [5.5 to 6 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

The species is distinguished by the short pubescence of the lateral sepals, petals with slightly dilated, rounded ends, a glabrous lip with the apices laminate narrow amd rounded and an appendix divided into a pair of nipple-like processes. In the natural position the tips of the laminae of the lip are held beside the processes of the appendix." Luer 1996


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