Lepanthes nontecta Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Kevin Holcomb

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Uncovered Lepanthes [refers to the blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 450 to 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple beneath, ovate, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer to earsly fall on a filiform, subdense, .44" [1.1 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Closely related to L heliocephala but L nontecta is distinguised by the smaller habit with an ovate leaf, broadly ovate, obtuse sepals with the laterals not in apposition, transverse, subtruncate petals and a similar lip with blades develped only on the lower two thirds, the exposed, acute, apical third extending beyond the anther." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 356 Luer 1983 Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide