Lepanthes sigsigensis Luer & Hirtz 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Sigsig Lepanthes [A town in Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 10, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, acute to slightly acuminate, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a slender, loose, distichous, 4" [10 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

"Similar to L capitana and L effusa but L sigsigensis is distinguished by the ovate leaqves, minutely denticulate sepals, simple petals and blades of the lip, but with a slender, sigmoid appendix borne in the sinus." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Novon 3: 451 Luer 1993 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