Lepanthes hymenoptera Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Sebastian Vieira- Uribe and A NEW SPECIES OF LEPANTHES (PLEUROTHALLIDINAE) FROM THE NORTH OF THE CENTRAL ANDES OF COLOMBIA

Another Flower

Photo by Wolfgang Renner and his Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Membraneous Winged Lepanthes [Refers to the thin, transparent blades of the lip]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2100 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15, thin, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate to narrowly ovate-elliptical, acute, the cuneate base contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a very congested, distichous, filiform, .4 to 1.5" [1 to 3.8 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

"Similar to the common L monoptera but L hymenoptera vegetatively is somewhat variable. Narrowly ovate leaves may be borne by long, slender ramicauls, or wider, ovate leaves may be borne by much shorter, slender ramicauls. The flower rests on top of the leaf. The thin, transparent blades of the lip are held above the column and the sinus of the body of the lip is bifid with an ovoid appendix in the cleft." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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 A NEW SPECIES OF LEPANTHES (PLEUROTHALLIDINAE) FROM THE NORTH OF THE CENTRAL ANDES OF COLOMBIA Vieira & Moreno 2022 photo fide;

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