Lepanthes rhynchion Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Cool LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Little Snout Lepanthes [refers to the protruding stigma]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 15, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acuminate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in late winter and spring on a filiform, 2.4" [6 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long pedumcle, subdense, distichous, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence in a fascile of up to 10, on the back of the leaf, single to occasionally 2 simultaneously opening flowers.

Similar to L speciosa, and it may be a subspecies of L rhynchion but is distinguished by the nondilated ostia, a more congested flowered and shorter inflorescence, narrowly ovate, acute sepals and an appendix that is less protruding.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Lepanthes in Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo less so?; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;