Lepanthes satyrica Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE by Carl Luer

TYPE Drawing of L auspicata

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Satyr Lepanthes [Greek mythological, woodland deity]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a very slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 10 tight fitting, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, purple striped, very narrowly ovate, acute, the sides more or less decurved, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, congested, to .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm] long including the .16 to .2 [4 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with minutely ciliate floral bracts.

"Characterized by the weak habit, the very slender, almost hair-like ramicauls that bend with the weight of the narrow, purple striped leaves. The flowers are borne on a short peduncle. The dorsal sepal is deeply concave and the laterals are connate into a bifid synsepal. The bilobed petals are very slender and pubescent. The blades of the lip are thickened margins of the broad, cuneate connectives and a long triangular process descends from the body, with the appendix at the apex. The appendix is divided vertically into two segments." Luer 1996

Synonyms Lepanthes auspicata Luer & R.Escobar 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 21 #2 1999 as L auspicata drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo/drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide