Lepanthes papallactae Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Papallacta Lepanthes [An Ecuadorian Village]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2700 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 12, dark brown, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, acute, subacute to shortly rounded, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through spring on a slender, loose, flexible, lightly flexuous, 8.8" [22 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.

"Similar to L biloba but L papallactae is distinguished by the purplish, pubescent, denticulate, edged in yellow sepals. The tips of the transverse petals are long-acuminate and the bilaminate lip is connate high on the column is essential;ly glabrous witha minute, biglandular appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 99 Luer 1987 Drawing fide; 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