Lepanthes rudicula Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Small Spatula Lepanthes [refers to the small paddle-like leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Tungurahua, Napo and Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 950 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 8, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a filiform, very congested, distichous, to .68 to .72" [1.7 to 1.9 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with scabrous floral bracts.


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