Lepanthes strumosa Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Goiter Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the transverse lip beneath the column]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 7, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute to acuminate, narrowly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a filiform, erect, congested, .38” to .6" [.9 to 1.5 cm] long including the .16 to .4” [4 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Characterized by the small, weak habit with ovate, acuminate leaves and a somewhat shorter inflorescence of a few small floewrs. Most distinctive is the tiny, transverse lip almost hidden beneatha larger column like a bow-tie beneath a fat chhin." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 16(2): 151. 1984 drawing fide; 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;