Lepanthes rigidigitata Luer & Hirtz 2004

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and the Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Rigid Fingered Lepanthes [refers to the erect column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, proliferating epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, ribbed, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with thick, minutely ciliate margins and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on a lax, flexuous, 5.6" [14 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with sparsely echinate floral bracts.

Similar to L micellilabia but it has a short, congested racemose inflorescence and L isoceles but it has a long pendent racemose inflorescence. The others in this similar group of flowers with very reduced petals and lip is L vestigitalis and L abortiva.

"Lepanthes rigidigitata with its narrowly triangular-lanceolate sepals, trilobed petals, and lip connate close to the apex of a terete, protruding column to close to the apex resembles the Ecuadorian species, Lepanthes equus-frisiae, Lepanthes pelorostele and L scrotifera, the Colombian species L abortiva, L vargasii, L eros, L isoceles, L micellilabia and L niphas and the Costa Rican L posthon, L spadariae and L vestgialis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 17: 227 Moreno Vieira & Karremans 2017 drawing fide;