Lepanthes ctenophora Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Another Flower ? Not

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeWarm THROUGH

Flower Size The Comb-Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the Inflorescence]

Flower Size.1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 800 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, dark brown, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellitpic, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on a very congested, long pedunculate, 1" [2.5 cm] long, disitchous, successively many flowered inflorescence with echinate shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to L turialvae but L ctenophora hasramicausl enveloped in dark brown sheaths and the leaves are elliptical and rigidly coriaceous. The racemes are short, compact with 2 rows of long pedicels. The sepals are ovate and the petals are relatively large. The lip however, differs in that the lamina are only poorly developed on the lower parts of the lobes while the narrowed portion above the middle curves under the column. The appensdix is reduced to a minute clump of hairs." Luer 1999

CAUTION Neither of the 2 photos presented fit all the characters of the species exactly so please use with caution. The TYPE Drawing by Luer is absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 129. Luer 1987 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing okish neither photo is a very good match in all respects but the first is much closer; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide okish neither photo is a very good match in all respects but the first is much closer