Lepanthes corkyae Luer & Hirtz 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Novon 3: 443 Luer 1993

Deep ShadeColdWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning Corky's Lepanthes [Named for Corky, Skeezix's Sister in Frank King's Gasoline alley]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6 close, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, the rounded base cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a loose, flexuous, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L schizix but differs in the non-ciliate sepals, the synsepal is shorter and broadly concave with short acute apices contracted into longer tails and occurs on the western slopes of northern Ecuador in Carchi and Imbabura provinces, L schyzix occurs on the western slopes of Pinchincha.

Checked type W3Tropicos fide


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Novon 3: 444 Luer 1993 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