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

EARLY

Common Name The Boat Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect to suberect, very slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, close fitting, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate ostia carrying a single, apical, spreading , thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute to long-attenuate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 2, dimorphic, filiform, congested, distichous, one .64" the other .32 to .6" [ .8 to 1.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with lightly echinate floral bracts.

Synonyms

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

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