Lepanthes tigrina Luer & Thoerle 2009 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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Side View

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Lip Detail

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30: 14 Luer & Escobar 2009

Common Name The Tiger Striped Lepanthes [refers tothe boldly striped sepals]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in San Martin department of Peru at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with coarse, bright purple roots, erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, ribbed leapanthiform sheaths with ,imutely ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, acute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to arching, peduncle to 1.6" [4 cm] long, rachis 1.6" [4 cm] long, loose, successively single to eight flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species, known only from the original collection in Amazonian Peru, bears up to eight large, showy flowers in slow succession. It is related to Lepanthes nycteris , with large, colorful flowers; a concave, multiveined dorsal sepal; and connate lateral sepals that form a synsepal concave at the base and convex above with revolute sides." Luer & Thoerle 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 14 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;