Lepanthes prora Luer 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Boat Prow Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 900 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte, with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, dark brown, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, suborbicular, rounded apically, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, .32" [8 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with muricate floral bracts.

"This species is characterized by the round leaves, a short inflorescence, minutely denticulate sepals, pubescent, pointed petals and a thick, pubescent appendix that resembles the prow of a boat." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 55: 191. Luer & Vasquez 1984