Lepanthes oblivia Luer 2012 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Spring

Common Name The Forgotten Lepanthes [refers to its being in the Herbaria for 26 years without an identification]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as an epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls [only a piece of the ramicaul was stored in the Herbaria] enveloped at least by 2, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising on top of the leaf, peduncle .68" [17 mm] long, .8" [2 cm] long overall, loose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with orange sepals, red-purple petals amd a red-purple lip.

"This little Ecuadorian species is characterized by a loose, successively few-flowered raceme that reaches the tip of the leaf or perhaps a little farther. The sepals are acute, and the narrowly triangular lobes of the petals expand 180 degrees. The blades of the lip are elliptical and convex with broad basal connectives with a triangular appendix." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer drawing fide