Lepanthes liesiae B.T.Larsen 2014 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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LATE EARLY

Common Name Lies' Lepanthes [n honor of Lies Steel from Borgerhout, Belgium current]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador in dense, remnant cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with the oblique, acuminate, dilated, ostia and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a racemose, erect, longer than the leaf, arching above the middle, arising on either side of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .024" [.6 mm] long, .2" [5 mm] long overall, rachis .176" [4.4 mm] long, subdense, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with muriculate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Lepanthes liesiae is characterized by slender, erect ramicauls with semi-terete leaves, a sub-dense inflorescence with flowers with carinate-spiculate dorsal and lateral sepals with coarsely-ciliate margins. From the other species with semi-terete leves this species is most similar to Lepanthes protuberans from Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador. Lepanthes liesiae can be distinguished from the later by the following set of characters: the presence of a minute triangular, pubescent appendix at the obtuse sinus; a thick, densely pubescent rostellum, and most remarkably by the transverse ventral stigma with two apical, large lateral lobes on each side of the anther." B T Larsen 2014

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytotaxa 175: 277 Larsen 2014 drawing/photo fide;

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