Lepanthes series Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Photo by M Rincon

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Series Lepanthes [refers to the scandent habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing scandent epiphyte with a comparitively stout, suberect, prolific ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, minutely ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, loose, flexuous, flexible, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"The ramicauls are prolific forming leafy stems. The sepals are denticulate and shortly acuminate, the petals are very small and reniform and the blades of the lip are narrowly oblong. The appendix is minute and pubescent" Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 2: 102 Luer 1987 drawing fide;

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;

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