Lepanthes rudicula Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Flower and Leaf

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Small Spatula Lepanthes [refers to the small paddle-like leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Tungurahua, Napo and Morona-Santiago provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 950 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 8, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a filiform, very congested, distichous, to .68 to .72" [1.7 to 1.9 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with scabrous floral bracts.

"Florally it is similar to the larger, elliptical leaves L cercion from Colombia. L rudicula is distinguished by the small suborbicular leaves, a short, congested, distichous raceme, ovate sepals, the laterals deeply connate, large petals longer than the sepals, narrow, pubescent blades of the lip on the margins of the connectives and a small, oblong appendix on the external surface of the bodyt at the base." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide