Lepanthes scansor Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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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 Climbing Lepanthes [refers to the scandent habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3100 meters as a miniature [each individual plant] sized, cold growing scandent epiphyte with a slender, erect, prolific ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 8, close lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, subdense, distichous, lightly flexuous, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"It is identified by the prolific habit and loose racemes shorter than the leaves. The sepals are acute, the petals are acute, the petals are oblong, and the blades of the lip are ovate with acute, incurved apices. The appendix is small, globular, pubescent and sessile." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 370 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