Lepanthes cornualis Luer & R.Escobar 1991

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Horned Lepanthes [refers to the lips shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia to northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 16, glabrous to microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, purple suffused beneath, acute, the base cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, 3.2" [to 8 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by its narrowly ellipric leaves that are considerably shorter than the ramicauls, the loose racemes that are shorter than the leaf, the fringed ovaries, the broad, minutely denticulate sepals, the nlaterals single veined, and the narrow blades of the lip with attenuate, more or less recurved bases that resemble horns.

Matches Luer's drawing

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide

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