Lepanthes rauhii Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name Rauh's Lepanthes [American Original Collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 800 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte, with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a, slender, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"In habit this pretty, little species from a low altitude in Panama is not distinctly different from many others of the genus, but the tiny flowers are easily distinguished. The broadly ovate sepals are minutely ciliate, the petals are narrowly bilobed, and the minute, ovoid lobes of the lip are smaller than the column. Long connectives support the lobes and form a thick body with a tiny, projecting, pubescent appendix." Luer 1987


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orchidee (Hamburg) 38: 59. Luer 1987 drawing fide