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

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

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 Colombia and 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 wide-ranging L calodictyon and sufficiently different from the following to be separate species L. barbelifera Luer & Hirtz, L. bibarbullata Luer, L microcalodictyon L pantominia, L pretiosa, L tentacula, L. tortuosa Luer & Hirtz, L volador and the recently described species L. kayii L. Baquero. 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #12 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK

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