Lepanthes rhynchion Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Another Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

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

Deep shade Cool LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Little Snout Lepanthes [refers to the protruding stigma]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 15, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acuminate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in late winter and spring on a filiform, 2.4" [6 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long pedumcle, subdense, distichous, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence in a fascile of up to 10, on the back of the leaf, single to occasionally 2 simultaneously opening flowers.

Similar to L speciosa, and it may be a subspecies of L rhynchion but is distinguished by the nondilated ostia, a more congested flowered and shorter inflorescence, narrowly ovate, acute sepals and an appendix that is less protruding.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 368 Luer 1983; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo less so?; 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; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;