Lepanthes perdita Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Common Name The Lost Lepanthes [refers to the lost collection data]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in western Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 50 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by to 10, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1 " [2.5 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Characterized by the small to medium habit with a congested raceme of successive, very small flowers borne behind an ovate, acute leaf. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse. The petals are proportionally large with the upper lobes overlapping the column. The blades of the lip are lunate and incomplete above the middle with both ends acute and incurved." 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide