Lepanthes mooreana Luer & L.Jostt 1998 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and flowers in situ Ecuador

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name Moore's Lepanthes [American Neotropical Ornithologist current]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, suberect to horizontal ramicaul enveloped by 12 to 14, long ciliate, whitish lepanthiform sheaths with widely dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, more or less pendent, coriaceous, purple suffused, minutely and densely pubescent, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, sulcate dorsally, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a slender, held in the sulcum of the dorsal side of the leaf, congested, secund, 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary, minutely ciliate on the margins floral bracts.

"The shortly but densely pubescent leaves are narrowly ovate, long acuminate and pendent, borne by ramicauls clad in white, broadly dilated, long-ciliate leapanthidform sheaths. The congested raceme lies in the sulcus of the dorsum of the leaf. The sepals are coliate and long-acuminate with the tails of the laterals siverging and incurved. The oblong, diverging lobes of the petals are glabrous. The parellel, narrowly oblong blades of the lip are also glabrous. The connectives bear the blades above the middle and the appendix is short and triangular." Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide