Lepanthes rosoria Luer & Hirtz 2000 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Sisterly Lepanthes [refers to the its similarity to L auriculata]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 12 to 13, ribbed, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-ovate, acute, acuminate, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, congested, distichous, to 2 to 2.6" [5 to 6.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L auriculata but differs in the broad convex lobes if the petals that bend inward instead of cuneate lobes that bend outward, the bladdes of the lip are longitudinally concave but not deeplt or broadly so and the body is also broad witha small appendix that is not protruding.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide