Lepanthes aprina Luer & L.Jost 1999 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Wild Boar Lepanthes [refers to the tusk like tails of the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador at elevations around 2210 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 10, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with widely dilated, ciliate margined ostia and carrying a single, apical, pendent, rigidly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, convex, sulcate medially, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, pendent, subcongested, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising within the sulcus on the dorsum of the leaf.

Related to L manabiba as far as vegetation goes but the flower is related to L dodsonii. The tusk like upturned apices of the lateral sepals resemble those of both species and also Scaphopepalum rapax. The ruby red flowers are born on a short inflorescence nestled in the sulcus of a pendent leaf and the blades of the lip are glabrous.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide