Lepanthes nematostele Luer 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Cool LATEsummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Worm-Like Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northwest Ecuador in mossy forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in late summer and early fall on a few , 2" [5 cm] long, loose, distichous, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence that is longer than the leaf, carrying a single to occasionally 2 simultaneously opening flowers.

"This remarkable species is characterized by the small vegetative habot with long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths , a loose inflorescence longer than the leaves, concave, crested sepals, petals with a long-acuminate lower lobe and a long, threadlike column bearing near the apex a tiny lip. The blades of the lip are solidly agglutinized over the column. A prominent stigmatic process as large as the retrorse appendix descends from between the blades." Luer 1996

Similar to L tetrachaeta but differs markedly in the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Novon 3: 449 Luer 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;