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

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


Common Name The Roofed Lepanthes [refers to the pair of blades of the lip over the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 10, tight glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous, long-acumiante ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute-acuminate , rounded to broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on a filiform, very congested, secund, .92 to 1.12" [2.3 to 2.8 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

"Similar to L grypha but L tectorum is distinguished by the more oblong leaves instead of narrowly ovate, shortly pubescent petals instead of long pubescent, broader blades of the lip, a tripartitr appendix instead of oblong with an apicle glandule and a thicker colum with a subapical stigma instead of a completely flat, ventral anther. Also similar to L reventador but L tectorum has long-pedicellate flowers on a raceme behind the leaf and the appendix is tripartite instead of on top of the leaf and the appendix is a minute filament." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lindleyana 2: 147 Luer & Hirtz 1987 ; 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