Lepanthes pseudomucronata L.Jost & Luer 2005 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by Lou Jost

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The False Mucronate Lepanthes [refers to its similarity to L mucronata]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of east central Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, very slender ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, tight fitting, brown lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect , thinly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acuminate, acute and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on 2, arising on the back of the leaf along the midrib of the dorsal surface, dimorphic, filiform, congested, distichous, one .64" the other 1.2 [one 1.6 cm the other 3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with a membraneous, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to L mucronata but distinguished by the broader flowers and the much more pubescent petals, including the marginal process and especialy the lower lobe, which has relatively long hairs on its margin. The marginal process of this species does not extend beyond the margin on the sepals. The appendixis larger and more concave than L mucronata." Luer 2005


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide