Lepanthes ballatrix Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Lynn O'Shaughnessy and her Pleurothallid Website

Common Name The Dancer Lepanthes [Refers to the flower appearing like a dancer]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1900 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender to stout ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, glabrous beneath, narrowly ovate-elliptical, acute, acuminate, rounded base and abruptly contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a very congested, distichous, filiform, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

Similar to the Colombian and Central American L elata and the southern Ecuador, Peru and Boliva L monitor but differs in the narrow dorsal sepal amd the suborbicular lobes of the petals.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK

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