Lepanthes rudicula Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Flower and Leaf Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing 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 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.


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