Lepanthes abitaguae Luer & L.Jost 1999 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

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 Abitagua Lepanthes [A hill in Tungurahua Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, purple beneath, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to acuminate with a prominent mucro, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall on a slender, suberect to arching, congested, distichous, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising within the dorsum of the leaf.

Differs from L mucronata in the suberect to arching inflorescence that goes beyond the margins of the leaf, the flowers differ mostly in the lobes of the lip which are folded at the base and the tip of the appendix is pubescent and acutely recurved beneath the stigma. Similar species other than L mucronata include L corrugata, L ortegae, L pelyx, L pilosiaures and L rhodophylla.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;