Lepanthes pubes Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Pubescent Lepanthes [refers to the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with widely dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple, reticulate-ciliate beneath, narrowly ovate, acuminate to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, secund, to 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Characerized by the narrow leaves, purple, reticulate and pubescent beneath, the denticulate sepals bright purple with yellow margins, large transverse petals and broad, thick, convex, pubescent blades of the lip." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 366 Luer 1983; 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