Lepanthes stelidipetala Luer 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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


Common Name The Stelis Petaled Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamore-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, erect, loose, distichous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"Characterized by the loose, few flowered raceme longer than the leaf, large cup-shaped flowers with the synsepal with a bifid apex similar to the middle sepals, very small, reniform petals and a bilobed lip with poorly developed, marginal blades embracing the column." Luer 1996


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; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide