Lepanthes saltatrix Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Leaf and Flowers Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Leaf and Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Female Dancer Lepanthes [refers to the fanciful flower]

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 300 to 1300 meters with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 7 to 8 minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, pale rose or lavender, with rose or lavender reticulation, ovate, subacute leaf with smooth margins and a rounded base that blooms in the winter through spring on a congested, distichous, successively several flowered, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

Similar to the wideranging L calodictyon and sufficiently different from the following to be separate species L barbelifera, L pantominia, L pretiosa, L tentacula and L volador. This one differs in the reticulated, pale lavender to green, non undulate-margined leaves the three veined lateral sepals, the shortly pubescent petals without coarse cilia on the margins and a lip that is twice as large as L calodictyon.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK