Lepanthes mayordomoensis L.Jost & Luer 2005 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lou Jost

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Cerro Mayordomo Lepanthes [A hill where the species occurs in Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caepistose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by to 6 to 9, tight fitting, sparsely ciliate, dark gray lepanthiform sheaths with abruptly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute-acuminate, rounded and sharply contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a filiform, arising on the back of the leaf congested, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"Closely resembles L tungurahua but is immediately distinguished by the wing-like blades of the lip. The pincer-like bilobed apex of the appendix is also distinctive." Luer 2005


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide