Lepanthes scoliosa Luer & Hirtz 2012

Side View of Flower Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Abnormally Curved Lepanthes [refers to the column and lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador a elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 11 dilated, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded below and abruptly contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .16" [4 mm] long, rachis to .24" [6 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"With a twisted column, this species is reminiscent of Lepanthes deformis Luer & Hirtz, but without any other similarity. The blades of the lip are irregularly obovate and held unevenly above the twisted column. The anther cap appears to be nondeciduous, now approaching a ventral position. The lower margin of the stigmatic cavity appears to be trifid and pubescent." Luer 20121


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer drawing fide