Lepanthes pecunialis Luer 1986 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Coin-Shaped leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/16" [20 mm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane forests and in citrus trees on low mossy twigs at altitudes around 500 to 1800 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, suberect, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, thickly coriaceous, often copper in color, broadly ovate to suborbicular, obtuse leaf with the rounded base contracted into a petiole that blooms on the underside of the leaf on a very congested, distichous, long-pedicillate, 1/8" [25 mm] long, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence occuring in the spring.

"Similar to L rotundifolia but L pecunialis is distinguished by the larger habit, and thicker, larger, copper colored leaves more ovate and obtuse than nearly perfectly round. The small but colorful flower are borne in congested, successively flowered racemes held behind the leaf." Luer 1996

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

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