Lepanthes vanbalenii Luer & B.T.Larsen 2013 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Winter

Common Name or Meaning Van Balen's Lepanthes [Dutch cultivator of the type current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Peru without locational data as a miniature to small sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, suberect becoming drooping with lengthening of the ramicaul enveloped by up to 16, white, inflated, acuminate, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute, acuminate into a subulate apex, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on usually 2, erect, arising on top of the leaf, from near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .48 to .92" [12 to 23 mm] long, rachis .48" [12 mm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with transluscent yellow with longitudinal areas of light purple, carinate sepals, red-brown suffused with yellow, glabrous petals and a dark orange, glabrous lip.

"This species is characterized by vegetative and floral parts that appear similar tothe parts of many other species, but the combination of these similar parts in one species is unknown. Large, white, ciliate sheaths of the ramicaul are occasionally seen; short, congested racemes are frequent; ovate, acuminate, ciliate sepals are frequent; transversely oblong petals are also frequent; oblong blades of the lip with short, narrow connectives are not unusual, nor is the small, triangular appendix." Luer 2013


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle drawing fide;