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

Common Name The Absent Lepanthes [refers to the missing appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 12, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, ovate, acute,rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, congested, distichous, .16" [4 mm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with muriculate floral bracts.


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