Lepanthes proboscidis Luer & Hirtz 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Long Snout Lepanthes [refers to the elongated apices of the leaves]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 10, tightly adpressed lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, obtuse, abruptly contracted into a subulate, apiculate, segment apically, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a slender, congested, secund, to .64" [1.6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Vegetatively this species resembles L tortilis with the long-acuminate apical segemnt of the leaf. The apex is as long as the blade of the thin, purple lettle leaf. Florally it resembles L grypha but L proboscidis is distinguished by the entire, glabrous sepals, petals wider than the petals are long and the pedunculate appendix delicately hinges from within. L cotyledon is very similar vegetatively with thin, purplish, broad, long-acuminate leaves but the ostia of the leapanthiform sheaths of L cotyledon are much more dilated." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide