Lepanthes uncinata Luer & Larsen 2012 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Hook Shaped Lepanthes [refers to the mid lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela without collection data as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 12, acuminate, minutely ciliate leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, abruptly contracted apically into a narrow extension, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a congested, [1.3 to 1.6 cm] long including the [1 to 1.3 cm] long peduncle, successively single several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

Has often been mistaken for L pentoxys with which it has many similarities.

"This species is related to Lepanthes mucronata Lindl., but is distinguished by blades of the lip that are uncinate at the apex, and with a broad, deeply concave body and bisegmented appendix with the distal segment uncinate.

"This is the first species from Venezuela known with a narrow marginal process between the lobes of the petals, which is frequently found in species from Colombia and Ecuador. The upper lobe is oblong and truncate while the lower lobe is triangular. Most unusual is the saccate cavity on the body of the appendix, and the vermiform, hook-like tip of the appendix." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer drawing fide