Lepanthes mulleriana Luer 1998 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Muller's Lepanthes [American Orchid Grower 20th century]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a very small sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 5 very small, scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly ovate, obtuse leaf with it's base broadly cuneate to rounded, and contracted into a petiole that blooms in the spring on a subcongested, distichous, peduncle .36 to .8" [9 to 20 mm] long, equalling to beyond the leaf's length, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with minutely muriculate, just shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by the small habit and a broadly elliptical leaf with proportionally large, successive flowes that eventually are borne beyond the leaf. The margins of the sepals are minutely undulate and a short distance within the margins the surface bears a zone of scurfy trichomes. The petals are transversely crescent-shaped. The lobes of the lip are triangular with the margins long-ciliate-spiculate, No appendix is present." 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; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide;

Checked Type Drawing W3Tropicos OK