Lepanthes orlicii Luer 2013 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning Orlic's Lepanthes [Ivan Orlic Ticeran, collector of the type]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Junin Department of Peru at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7, minutely ciliate, inflated lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, arising on top of the leaf, from near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, rachis .92" [2.3 cm] long, congested, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with reddish brown dorsal sepal, red brown on lateral halves, yellow on the inner half lateral sepals, brown, glabrous petals and a chocolate brown lip.

"This species is related to the Ecuadorian Lepanthes caloura Luer & Hirtz, from which it is distinguished by widely diverging lateral sepals that gradually contract into acuminate tails, instead of abruptly contracting from non diverging sepals into filiform tails. The blades of the lip are concave and borne by cuneate connectives as long as the blade. The appendix arises externally beyond the connation of the connectives into a body." Luer 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle drawing fide;