Lepanthes vatrax Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Clubbed Foot Lepanthes [refers to the Shape of the Appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, subdense, subflexuous, to 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Distinguished by the narrow leaf with a shorter, subdense, lightly flexuous raceme. The ovate sepals and transverse petals are not remarkable but characters of the lip are disinctive. The apices of the blades of the lipcurve under the column and the appendix, located externally on the body, is pedunculate and bilobed." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 376 Luer 1983; 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