Lepanthes megalostele Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

EARLY THROUGH

Common Name The Large Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Napo province Ecuador and La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by to 5 to 8, blackish, tight fitting, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer through fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence witha long pedicel and arising on the back of the leaf and carrying echinate floral bracts.

"Recognized by the dark, non-dilated lepanthiform sheaths , elliptical leaves, short, congested, distichous, long-pedicellate racemes, entire, ovate sepals and small blades of the lip flanking a considerably larger column. The appendix is thick and pubescent with an incurved apex." Luer 1996

Synonyms Lepanthes micropogon Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:352 Luer 1983; * Phytologia 54:353 Luer 1983 as L micropodgon Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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