Lepanthes rigidigitata Luer & Hirtz 2004 Photo by Bogarin and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Rigid Fingered Lepanthes [refers to the erect column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, ribbed, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with thick, minutely ciliate margins and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on a lax, flexuous, 5.6" [14 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with sparsely echinate floral bracts.

Similar to L micellilabia but it has a short, congested racemose inflorescence and L isoceles but it has a long pendent racemose inflorescence. The other in this similar group of flowers with very reduced petals and lip is L vestigitalis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide