Lepanthes cotyledon Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Cup Like Lepanthes [refers to the cavity of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, close, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect, reticulate veined, purple beneath, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, long acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a filiform, extremely congested, secund, to 1.6" [to 4 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence with long pedicels and arising on the back of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the broad, thin, crinkly, purple leaves a congested, long-pedicellate raceme shorter than the leaf, petals with a thin, lateral process and a lip with thin, transparent blades adherent over the column and a large concavity filling the body behind a relatively large, oblong appendix with a lobulate apex. " Luer 1996

Similar to L corrugata but differs in the shorter, 8 to 11 [instead of 20 to 22 multisheathed ramicauls and smaller leaves that are similarily thin, crinkly and purple and a congested long-pedicellate raceme shorter than the leaf. petals with the lower lobes rounded [instread of acute]. and a longer, thicker appendix."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:336 Luer 1983; 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