Lepanthes sobrina Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Cousin Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 750 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with weak, suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 21, close fitting, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, thinly coriaceous, suberect to spreading, corrugate, ovate, obtuse, abruptly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through early winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with echinate floral bracts

Part of the L mucronata complex which includes L habenifera but this species has thin, crinkly veined leaves, broad, denticulate sepals, the petals are long-pubescent with a small, decurved lobule on the outer margin between the truncate upper lobe and the triangular lower lobe, the pedunculated appendix of the lip is located on the external surface of the body and the appendix is terminated by a pair of finger-like processes." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 141 Luer & Hirtz 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