Lepanthes puck Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he JanY Renz Herbaria Webpage

Common Name Puck's Lepanthes [A michevious elf in mythology]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1750 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6 close, minutely ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a filiform, erect, subdense, distichous, .64 to .66" [1.6 to 1.9 cm] long including the .24 to .26" [6 to 9 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This undistinguished little plant with narrowly elliptical leaves and short inflorescences is most notable for the flowers with acuminate sepals with reflexed apices, truncate petals, ovate blades of the lip borne along the column by narrow connectives from the base. As a narrowly pubescent organ, the appendix protrudes from the sinus below the base of the column." Luer 1983


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 367 Luer 1983; ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;