Lepanthes racemosa Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30: 12 Luer & Escobar 2009

Full Shade LATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Racemose Lepanthes [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador without elevational data as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 3, erect, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 5.2" [13 cm] long, loose, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species from southwestern Ecuador is distinguished by one to three loose, successively many flowered racemes with one or two maturing buds. The sepals are acute, the lateral sepals being narrowly triangular and single-veined. The petals are small and broad, but overlap above the column. The lip consists of two cuneate blades including connectives that create a lamina as long as it is broad when expanded. The sinus is short and filled with an ovoid, pubescent appendix." Luer & Hirtz 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 12 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;