Lepanthes staatsiana Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lou Jost and Fundacion Ecomingo Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website


Common Name Staats' Lepanthes [American Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 11, ciliate, dilated lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, abruptly long-acuminate, including the attenuate apex, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a slender, arising on the back of the leaf congested, distichous, to .8" [2 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence with a longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"Vegetatively similar to L pelyx and the broad, sharply acuminate, divierging lateral sepals resemble those of the large L actias-luna. The narrowly triangular upper lobes of the petals are erect and much longer than the lower lobes, The blades of the lip are oblong, overlying the colun. The finely pubescent apendix is minute, linear and microscopically bifid." Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide