Lepanthes rubrolineata Luer & Hirtz 2009 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 Red Lined Lepanthes [refers to the red striped lateral sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 13, ribbed, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, slender, very congested, distichous, to 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L mamillata but differs in that L rubrolineata is narrowly connate at the base to the lateral sepals, the lobes of the petals are more or less triangular, being narrow at the tips and the connectives are only half as wide and the anther is distinctly larger. L mamillata in contrast has the dorsal sepals broadly connate to the laterals, the lobes of the petals are more or less oboblong and are widest towards the apices and the connectives of the lip are twice as wide and it has a smaller anther.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide