Lepanthes yanganae Luer & Hirtz 1987 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 Yangana Lepanthes [A town in Ecuador]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cold cloud forests at elevations around 1650 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 11, glabrous to microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acuminate, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, subdense, distichous, to 1" [ 2.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Related to the narrow leaved species L monoptera sharing the short, subdense racemes and single veined lateral spepals. The sepals of the elliptical leaved L yanganae are entire and the apices of the petals are broadly rounded, while the sepals of L monoptera are denticulate and the lobes of the lip are narrowly obtuse." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lindleyana 2: 108 Luer 1987 Drawing 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