Lepanthes seegeri Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Bogarin and Ecuagenera Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Seeger's Lepanthes [German Cocollector of species and Stanhopinae expert current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiriqui provinc eof Panama Panama in montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with selnder, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10-12 pale, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, borne behind the leaf, peduncle filiform, .48" [1.2 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with sparsely ciliate, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This distinctive species is easily recognized by the markedly dilated ostia of the long-ciliate, cauline sheaths; broadly ovate, deeply connate sepals; more or less hatchet-shaped upper lobes of long-ciliate petals; and a bifid lip with oblique, triangular lobes embracing the short, thick, column. The laminae are reduced to thickened, long-ciliate, lateral margins of the lobes. A long, slender, pubescent appendix protrudes from a shallow sinus beneath the stigma." Carl Luer 1987


References *Orchidee (Hamburg) 38: 60. 1987 Drawing fide Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 6(2 370 Bogarin & C M Sm. 2012