Lepanthes schizix Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Fransisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name Schizix Lepanthes [Named for the similarity to the star of Frank King's Gasoline Alley]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Pichincha province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniture sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, close lepanthiform sheaths with markedly dilted ostia ciliate and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early spring on a racmose, zigzag, filamentous, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, loose, successively flowered inflorescence with a pubescent floral bract.

"Characterized by the loose, flexuous racemes more than twice asa long as the small, elliptical leaves. The dorsal sepal is concave with an acyuminate apex, the lateral sepals are connate into an oblong bifid lamina, the petals are transversely oblong, the lower lobe narrowly acute. The blades of the lipare glabrous and lunate witha small, segmented appendix." Luer 1996

Similar to L corkyae but differs in the ciliate sepals and narrower synsepal and occurs on the western slopes of Pichincha


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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;