Lepanthes quaternaria Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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.

"Distinguished by the congested, distichous raceme shorter thant eh leaf with a long-acuminate apec, ovate, acute sepals, transversely oblong petals and a distinctive lip with thick blades, thick connectives and a thick body with a pair of thick, antherior protuberances, one to either side of the minute appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 367 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador 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;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;