Lepanthes protuberans Luer & P.Jesup 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Side Leaf and Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Protruding Lepanthes [refers to the body of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1450 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a slender, subdense, distichous, to .8" [2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying muriculate floral bracts.

"Characterized by the narrow, semiterete leaves and a shorter subdense inflorescence of colorful flowers. The sepals are sharply carinate and spiculate, the laterals being ciliate-spiculate, the petals are large and transverse. The small pubescent blades of the lip are borne above the column by broadly oblong connectives that form a broadly rounded, protuberant body beneath the column." 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; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide