Lepanthes navicularis Luer 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing as L lindleyana by Dunsterville & Garay

Another Drawing

Drawing as L lindleyana by Foldats

Full Shade cool cold Summer

Common Name The Pointed Lepanthes [refers to the pointed sepals and petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Merida state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2o00 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, minutely ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising from behind the leaf, peduncle filiform, .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long, rachis to .28" [7 mm] long, subdense, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with glabrous, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with pale yellow-brown, suffused medially with purple sepals, yellow petals and an red purple, minutely pubescent lip.

"This species was identified as the Costa Rican L lindleyana in Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated and the Flora of Venezuela Foldats. Although similar, this species may be distinguished by the subdense inflorescence with smooth floral bracts and short pedicels appressed to the rachis, and a thick, triangular appendix. Keichenbach described the rachis of L lindleyana as "bene bipectinati" indicating that the raceme was congested with two dense rows of pedicels. his drawing also shows the floral bract to be echinate." Luer 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as L lindleyana drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as L lindleyana drawing fide; Orchids of Venzuela an Ilustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L lindleyana drawing fide; * Phytologia 59: 448 Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela, an Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide