Lepanthes zygion Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Little Yolk Lepanthes [refers to the blades of the lip surrounding the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pinchincha Ecuador on the western slopes at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a suberect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 10, close, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate, obtuse and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence.

" Identified bythe ovate leaf more or less equaled in length by a congested, distichous, long-pedicellate inflorescence. The sepals are acuminate, the upper lobes of the petals are obliquely truncate and the subfalcate baldes of the lip clasp the column, and the appendix is a gradually elongated, pubescent beneath projection." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 378 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