Lepanthes stewartiorum Thoerle & Luer 2010 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Photos by © Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Stewart’s Lepanthes [American Orchid Nursery Owners and purchasers of species current]

Flower Size .2” [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a medium sized epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by up to 14, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, subacute, acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and earlier summer on 1 to 2, simultaneous, slender, congested, disitchous, 1.8 to 3.6” [4.5 to 9 cm] long including the 1 to 2” [2.5 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising ion the back of the leaf

Similar to L gargantua but this one has smaller flowers and very different yellow petals with the obliquely truncate margins of the upper lobes are dark red and thickened and the lower edge of the marginal thickening is minutely scalloped as a row of miniature concavities.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;