Lepanthes rosoria Luer & Hirtz 2000 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE 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, caespitose 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, arising on the back of the leaf, congested, distichous, to 2 to 2.6" [5 to 6.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts." Luer 2000

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 deeply or broadly so and the body is also broad with a small appendix that is not protruding.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000;drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide