Lepanthes sulcata Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

Common Name The Wrinkled Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2500 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute at both ends and cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively many, single flowered inflorescence arising from beneath the leaf.

"This very pretty, floriferous species has rather coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths but the sheaths of some stems are lacking cilia. The leaves arfe elliptical and the relatively large, colorful flowers are borne along the back suface of the blade in a congested raceme. The floral bracts arte finely ciliate, an unusual morphological feature. The sepals are pinkinsh white, contrasting with the yellow and orange petals and red-orange lip. The margin of he petals is indented between the blunt lobes. The blades of the lip are longitudinally sulcate and the bisegmented appendix is adherent to the sticky surface of the stigma." 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

Checked Type W3 Tropicos Exact!