Lepanthes privigna Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

photo by Lou Jost and the Epidendra Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Stepdaughter Lepanthes [refers to its similarity to the widely distributed L wageneri]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, suberect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, arising on top of the leaf, distichous, congested, .68" [1.7 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

Related to L wageneri but differs in the ovate, acute leavers, the ovate acute, slightly acuminate sepals with the laterals somewhat spreading. L wagneri in contrast has obtuse leaves and the sepals are subacute with the laterals nearly approximate.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide