Lepanthes sybax Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Marco F Monteros and The I Naturalist Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Pig Snout Lepanthes [refers to the apex of the column

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Azuay province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 8, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 6, subdense, distichous, to 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This is another species in the group related to the frequent L monoptera which are characterized by the subdense inflorescence usually shorter than the leaf, one veined lateral sepals and a snout-like, apical, anther and stigma. Distinguished by the entire sepals, oblong, nmearly equal lobes of the petals and a small triangular appendix." 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