Lepanthes pleurorachis Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993

Photo by J S Moreno and The Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2020, pp. 99110 Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Ribbed Rachis Lepanthes [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cold cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 8, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acuminate to acute, obtuse to rounded below into the contracted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, flexuous, loose, to .44" [1.1 cm] long including the .24" [6 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L viahoensis, L petalopterix and L anchicayae


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV 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; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide