Lepanthes nautica Luer & Hirtz 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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 .2" [5 mm]

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;