Lepanthes pan Luer & Dalström 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name Pan's Lepanthes[mythological Greek king of the satyrs, refers tothe long-ciliate sheaths of the ramicauls and pubescent sepals and petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a stout erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 15, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with long-ciliate, markedly dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, orbicular, rounded and contracted to a short acumen apically, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf carrying sparsely long-cilate floral bracts.

"Distinguished bu the long-cilate, lepanthiform sheaths with markedly dilated, long-cilate ostia. The leaves are sborbicular with shortly acuminate apices. The sepals are subacute with the laterals pubescent. The upper lobes of the petals overlap witha lobule on the inner margin of the apex similar to that seen in L tachirensis. The oblong lower lobe is long pubescent. The lip is hemispherical with the rounded sides with thickened margins embracing the column. The apex is shallowly cleft with the apiculate apices in apposition. In the narrow space between the apices a small triangular lobe, the appendix, is seen." Luer 1996


ReferencesW3 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