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

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeWarmWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Pinched Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the deflexed bases of the blades of the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and western Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 750 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, deflexed above the base, cuneate below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, distichous, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long including the .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, filiform, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf with ciliate floral bracts.

"Related to L Pachyglossa from Panama and L troglodytes from Colombia. All three are from relatively low areas and are characterized by the deflexed sides of the base of the leaf, imparting a "pinched" appearance. L vellicata differs from both in having cilate sepals, those of the others are glabrous. The appendix of L vellicata is minute, deflexed , ovoid and pubescent." LUer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;