Lepanthes serialina Luer & L.Jost 1998 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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


Common Name The Little Serial Lepanthes [refers to the scandent habit and its being smaller than L series ]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo and Morona-Santiago provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, scandent epiphyte with a slender, suberect, prolific ramicaul enveloped by 3, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on a filiform, loose, subflexuous, .8" [2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with spiculate, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"This climbing species is closely allied to L series and vegetatively similar other than the leapanthiform sheaths of L serialian are conspicuously ciliate. The racemes are loosely few flowered. The floral parts are less than half the domensions than those of L series. The laterala sepals are denticulate, the petals are transversely oblong, proportionally much larger than L series and the minute blades of thelip are oblong and pubscent. The appendix is oblong and trilobed apically" Luer 1998


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide