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

Photos by © Wiel Driessen

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Common Name The Luers' Lepanthes [Pleurothallidinae expert American married couple Carl Luer passed 2019, Jane Luer current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Chiriqui department of Panama in dense, remnant cloud forest around 1300 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, dark, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with the oblique, dilated, ostia and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, ovate, acute, purple beneath, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a racemose, erect, shorter than the leaf, arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle filiform, .6" [1.5 cm] long, .66" [1.637 mm] long overall, rachis .0454" [1.37 mm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with muriculate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

This little species is only known from a single collection. Vegetatively it is similar to Lepanthes sanjuanensis Bogarín & Karremans . Lepanthes sanjuanensis differs with longer pedicels (.2" vs .052" [5mm vs. 1.3 mm]); petals with an oblong, rounded, entire upper lobes and oblong rounded and ciliate lower lobes (vs. obliquely triangular, subacute upper lobes and subquadrate, obtuse and glabrous lower lobes) and with a lip with conspicuous bristles at the apex of the blades (vs. shortly ciliate)." B T Larsen 2014

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytotaxa 175: 279 Larsen 2014 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pg 449 Pupulin 2020 photo fide;

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