Lepanthes uxoria Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Jean Marc Pallandre and His Flickr Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeWarmCoolWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Wife's Lepanthes [Refers to Jane Luer, Discover of species current]

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls concealed by a 2 to 4, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, Suborbicular, convex rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a congested, slender, .44" [1.1 cm] long, racmose, successively several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and has apiculate floral bracts.

"Easily recognized by the small, round, convex leaves with the flower borne beneath, yellow, minutely denticulate sepals, orange, forked petals and a lip with a sac-like appendix with a ciliate, protruding apex." 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide