Lepanthes pentoxys Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae 1996

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

Common Name The Five Pointed Lepanthes [refers to the 5 lobed petals]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a miniature to small sized epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 18 minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple beneath, ovate, long-acuminate apically, the rounded to obtuse base contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an extremely congested, secund, slender, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

Similar to the newly described L uncinata but it differs in the pilose margin of the lateral sepals the small threadlike midlobe, the truncate apical lobe of the petals and    the two colored bilaminate lip that is orange.

CAUTION The picture angle does no allow for a positive ID so please use with caution

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK