Lepanthes quaternaria Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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


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

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in west central Ecuador at elevations around 2050 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 12 to 15, close, glabrous to microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, oblong, long-acuminate to acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 2 to 8 congested, distichous, to 1 to 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence held in a fascile and arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide