Lepanthes reventador Luer & Hirtz 1990 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Wolfgang Renner and his Orchid Website

Common Name The Reventador Volcano Lepanthes [Refers to the location of the species]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 15, tight-fitting lepanthiform sheaths with long-acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, suffused with purple beneath, narrowly ovate, acute-acuminate, the cuneate base narrows below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a very congested, distichous, filiform, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the top surface of the leaf.

Similar to L mucronata but differs in the membraneous lobes of the lip adherent over the column which is similar to L grypha and L tectorum but differs from them in the extremely thin, ciliate, thread-like appendix which have thick appendices.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK