Lepanthes alopex Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo website

Lip Detail Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade Cold Summer fall

Common Name The Fox Like Lepanthes [refers to the long-haired, tailike appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8 close, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate-elliptic, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a very congested, distichous, filamentous, 1/2" [1.25 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide