Lepanthes ribes Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Marisipanthes

Photo by J & L Orchids and their Orchid Website

Side View of Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Head on xanthina form Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Side View xanthina form Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Ribes-Like Flower Lepanthes [Refers to the flower appearing like a fruit of the genus Ribes]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

A cool growing, miniature to small sized, caespitose epiphytic and terrestrial species found at elevations of 1400 to 2400 meters in Colombia and Ecuador with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9 scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into a petiole and blooms on a subdense, erect, [4.5 to 6 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively several-flowered raceme with the solitary flower pendant and held well beyond the leaf by a slender drooping fractiflex peduncle. This is a free flowering specis.

By Carl Luer "This species is uncommon in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador. Although vegetatively it is similar to many other species of the genus, the large, pendent, saccate, purple-mottled flower is easily recognized. The concave dorsal sepal is connate nearly half its length to the lateral sepals to form a gaping sepaline cup. The apices of the lateral sepals reflex below the aperture. The long, green petals from deep within the cup reach to the opening. The lip is small and horse shoe-shaped surrounding the column."

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 Luer 1994 phot ofide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

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