Lepanthes privigna Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

photo by Lou Jost and the Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Stepdaughter Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing 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, distichous, congested, .68" [1.7 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

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 Luer 1999 Drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide