Lepanthes reventador Luer & Hirtz 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Photo by Wolfgang Renner and his Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Reventador Volcano Lepanthes [Refers to the location of the species]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 15, tight-fitting lepanthiform sheaths with long-acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, suffused with purple beneath, narrowly ovate, acute-acuminate, the cuneate base narrows below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a very congested, distichous, filiform, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the top surface of the leaf.

Similar to L mucronata but differs in the membraneous lobes of the lip adherent over the column which is similar to L grypha and L tectorum but differs from them in the extremely thin, ciliate, thread-like appendix which is totally different from the other 2 species which have thick appendices.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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