Lepanthes marshana Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes


Drawing and Photos by Carl Luer and Lou Jost and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage


Common Name Marsha's Lepanthes [Ms Staat American Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, long acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, arising on the top of the leaf, congested, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with an as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to L urotepala but differs in the denticulate sepals and petals with longer lobes and with the upper lobes angled near the middle to suggest the shape of a scimitar. The appendix is rounded and concave.


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