Lepanthes exserta Luer & Hirtz 1998 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View of Flower Photos by Alexander Hirtz

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

Common Name The Protruding Lepanthes [refers to the projecting column and lip]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a very slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 12, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, congested, secund, .64" [1.6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with long pedicels and carrying glabrous floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1999 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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