Lepanthes nautica Luer & Hirtz 2012

Lip and Column detail

Side View Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Nautical Lepanthes [refers to the sepals being like sails]

Flower Size

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 12, slightly dilated, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis .12' {3 mm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescencewith shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with light yellow sepals, orange with red medially petals and a red lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide;