Lepanthes necopina Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Unexpected Lepanthes [refers to the unusual column]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2200 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 9, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, .68" [1.7 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying microscopically sparsely spiculate floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide