Paute-Mendez Road (230 km N of Tapichalaca)

      I found these plants of L. nummularia about 230 km north of Tapichalaca, on the Mendez-Paute road. At the time I collected these, I did not suspect that L. nummularia was actually a complex of species, and so I did not make lateral photos. I do have the specimens in alcohol though, and will add photos of those specimens to this page in the future. These flowers do not match a Tapichalaca form exactly. They have small lips most like Form B, but fat columns most like Forms A and C. I shall call it Form E. This same form occurs in Baños, Galeras, and La Bonita.

 

A Lepanthes nummularia form from the Paute-Mendez Road.
Another example from the Paute-Mendez Road.

 

 

Contents

Introduction and Tapichalaca Forms of Lepanthes nummularia

Forms from the Paute-Mendez Road (230 km N of Tapichalaca)

Forms from Banos (370 km N of Tapichalaca)

Forms from Sumaco-Galeras National Park (460 km N of Tapichalaca)

Forms from La Bonita, near Colombian border (550 km N of Tapichalaca)

Forms from Los Cedros, in the western Andes (530 km N of Tapichalaca)

Conclusions