Lepanthes repens Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Drawing by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE drawing

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

Common Name The Creeping Lepanthes [refers to the repent rhizome]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2800 to 3400 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a repent rhizome with .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] between each stout, ascending to erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 13, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate-elliptic, acute to acuminate to acute, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3 congested, distichous, to 3.2" [8 cm] long including the .6 to 1.6" [1.5 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Plants form dense fasciles of ramicauls produced by ascending long creeping thizomes. The congested distichous racemes are shorter than the shortly acuminate, elliptic leaves. The sepals are broadly ovate and shortly acumnate, the petals are transverse and broadly oblong. The blades of the lip are oblong and long-ciliate, obliquely subtruncate apices and bases, the connectives are short with a minute apicule." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 368 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Systematics of Trichosalpinx Luer 1997; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Phytotaxa 422 (3) Zambrano 2019 drawing fide