IOSPE PHOTOS

Lepanthes echidna Luer & R.Vásquez 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

EARLY

Common Name The Prickly Lepanthes [an allusion to the spiney anteater and fancied appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 8, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, obtuse, shortly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a filiform, subdense, flexuous, to 72" [1.8 cm] long including the .28" [7 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few several flowered inflorescence arising from the back of the leaf.

Part of the group of species related to L complicata by the outer margins of the lateral sepals are involute to expose the muriculate exterior. The majority of these are from Bolivia and are L ciliolata, L complicata, L crista-piscis, L echnida, L panisca, L pileata, L ptyxis, L ringens

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 55(3): 183 Luer & Vasquez 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;

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