A new gold-colored <i>Lepanthes</i> (Pleurothallidinae: Orchidaceae) from Southeast Ecuador


  • Luis E. Baquero Grupo de Investigación en Medio Ambiente y Salud BIOMAS, Carrera de Ingeniería Agroindustrial y Alimentos, Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad de Las Américas, Calle José Queri, Quito 170137, Pichincha, Ecuador
  • Javier J. Donoso T. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Quito, Ecuador
  • Marco M. Jiménez Avenida del Ejército y Juan Izquierdo, Zamora, Ecuador




Lepanthes vere-aurum, a new species of the orchid subtribe Pleurothallidinae, discovered in Zamora Chinchipe province, southeast Ecuador, is described here. We compare L. vere-aurum to L. brenneri, the only similar species, from which it differs in having larger leaves and longer inflorescences. Also, L. vere-aurum has an obovate, concave, long-acuminate dorsal sepal and a concave appendix with a pubescent crest underneath and with a long, pubescent apex,versus a flat, triangular-ovate, acuminate dorsal sepal and a smaller appendix with a ciliate apex in L. brenneri. Some information about its phenology and ecology is additionally provided.

Key Words: Cordillera del Cóndor, endangered orchid, Epidendroideae, Lepanthes brenneri, new orchid species


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Baquero, L. E., Donoso T., J. J., & Jiménez, M. M. (2020). A new gold-colored &lt;i&gt;Lepanthes&lt;/i&gt; (Pleurothallidinae: Orchidaceae) from Southeast Ecuador. Lankesteriana: International Journal on Orchidology, 20(2), 257–262. https://doi.org/10.15517/lank.v20i2.43556

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