Lepanthes pretiosa Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 photo by Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Precious Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador at elevations around 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying erect, thinly coriaceous, green with brown reticulation, broadly elliptical to circular, sinuate margined, rounded apically, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a subdense, 8.4" [2.1 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

The following species are similar yet suffficiently different to make them separate species L barbelifera, L calodictyon, L pantominia, L salatrix, L tentacula and L volador. This one differs in the smaller habit, the non ciliate sepals, petals and lip, the petals with an erect, oblong upper lobe with a retuse tip and a short, rounded lower lobe with a one milimeter-long, process from the inner margin and a bilobed lip with rounded ends.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 Drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide