Lepanthes saltator Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Male Dancer Lepanthes [refers to the fancied appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 16, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, sparsely ciliate along the veins beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute to long-acuminate, rounded to subcordate and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a filiform, very congested, distichous, to 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Identified by the congested racemes shorter than the lang-acuminate leaf that is ciliate on the veins of the undersurface. The lateral sepals are broad with diverrging, acuminate apices. The petals are proportionally broad and large. The blades of the lip are narrow and glabrous and the appendix is oblong with a terminal, pubescent process." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 369 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide