Lepanthes phrixothrix Luer & Hirtz 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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Another View

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Another Flower Angle

Photo by Arturo Carrilo

Another flower, same plant

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Novon 3: 451 Luer 1993

Deep ShadeCool Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Bristly Haired Lepanthes

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests on the Cordillera del Condor at elevations aound 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, densely and coarsly long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on an arching, slender, looose, to 2" [to 5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence.

"Characterized by the small vegetative habit with long ciliate, leqpanthiform sheths, a loose, successively flowered raceme eventually seaching far beyond the snmall round leaf, costate crested sepals, the laterals connate into a boat shaped synsepal, petals with the lower lobes long tailed and glabrous, oblong blades of the lip with a pubescent, proturuding, triangular appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Novon 3: 451 Luer 1993 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