Lepanthes ximenae Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name Ximena's Lepanthes [Mrs Hirtz Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations around 400 to 1400 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender to stout ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 12, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical , acute to lightly acuminate,cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .4 to 1.6" [1 to 4 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This colorful species is distinguished by a combination of characters. It has a narrowly elliptical leaf borne by a relatively stout ramicaul, a congested distichous raceme, shorter than the leaf, broad obtuse sepals, large oblong-rouned upper lobes of the petals, ovate blades of the lip and a small pubescent appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 377 Luer 1983; 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