Lepanthes spruceana L.Jost & Luer 2005 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Spruce's Lepanthes [English bryobotanist current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, pendent ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 11, scabrous-ciliate, tan lepanthiform sheaths with much dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, erect in respect to the ramicaul, thinly coriaceous, purple flushed beneath, narrowly elliptic, long-acuminate, round and sharply contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 2 filiform, congested, distichous, .32 to .6" [.8 to 1.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with sparsely muricate floral bracts.

Related to L urotepala and L zunagensis but differs in the long-ciliate margins of the petals and the long ciliate, intricate appendix


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide