Lepanthes odontocera Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Lepanthes cf odontocera

Leaf and Flower Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Toothed Lepanthes[refers to the tusk-like blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador at elevations around 3000 to 3100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 10, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purplish suffused beneath, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, acuminate, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and again in the spring on a slender, congested, distichous, 1 to 1.08" [2.5 to 2.7 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf carrying flowers with yellow sepals, yellow petals variously to wholly suffused with red purple and a yellow lip.

The Photos above although similar to L odontodera but with a differnt leaf shape without purple suffusion beneath, a lip with much longer lobes, a different sinus shape and a color scheme slightly differing from the type.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide