Lepanthes odontocera Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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


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

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of 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.

"Vegetatively this species is variable in size and shape. The sepals are acute and minutely denticulate and the petals are bilobed with opposite, triangular lobes. Most disinctive are the pair of tusk-like blades of the lip. The tip of the small, slender appendix is associated with a stigmatic process." Luer 1996

The Photos above although similar to the type of L odontodera has a different 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 but within Luer's comments above.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *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