Lepanthes speciosa Luer & Hirtz 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Duane Mcdowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Splendid Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Carchi province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2050 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 14, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less suffused with purple beneath, elliptical-ovate, acuminate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of filiform, loose, distichous, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with 2 to 3 flowers open at any one time and has infundibulbar floral bracts

Similar to L rhynchion and may be a subspecies of but is distinguished by the dilated ostia, a more distantly flowered and longer inflorescence, broadly ovate, obtuse sepals, petals with the upper lobes concave below the middle, and a protruding appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 9(3): 427-429, f. 3A-H. 2010. Pupulin, Bogarin and Sm. drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide;

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