Lepanthes praetermissa Luer & B.T.Larsen 2013 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Overlooked Lepanthes [refers to its being misidentified in cultivation, recognized by Bruno Larsen currently of Borgerhout, Belgium ]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, long-acuminate, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, acuminate into a subulate apex, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising on top of the leaf, from near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [15 mm] long, rachis 1.2" [3 cm] long, congested, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with dull light yellow-orange glabrous sepals, yellow suffused with oroange on the margins, glabrous petals and a rose, glabrous lip.

"This species is related to Lepanthes mucronata Lindl., but is distinguished by a minute, triangular, marginal process of the petals; a lip with oblong blades with rounded ends, and a subovoid appendix with a minute, oblong, decurved extension. This species of unknown origin has been sold and grown in cultivation as Lepanthes aristata, or L furcata by hobbyists, the misidentification being recognized by Bruno Larsen currently of Borgerhout, Belgium. Lepanthes praetermissa is characterized by little elliptical leaves with a long-acuminate tip; acute, acuminate sepals; a minute, acuminate marginal process between the lobes of the petals; blades of the lip with a longitudinal carina external to the insertion of the connectives; and a minute, decurved process from the appendix." Luer 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle drawing fide;