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

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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 Tungurahua Lepanthes [A province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 2900 to 3450 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 14, blackish, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acuminate , rounded or broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a filiform, dense, disitchous, to 1.8" [to 4.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the dark, coarsely pubescent, leapanthiform sheaths and a congested, distichous raceme witha medium sized, yellow flower, acute sepals with the laterals deeply connate, petals witha long-pointed upper lobe and a very short, oblique, broad lower lobe. The appendix is short, oblong and pubescent." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lindleyana 3: 151 Luer & Hirtz 1987 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