Lepanthes amphioxa Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCool EARLYSummer THROUGH EARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Sharply Pointed at Both Ends Lepanthes [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1250 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with suberect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 13 close fitting, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, green suffused with red to red brown, ovate to narrowly ovate, acute, long-acuminate, prominently tridentate, the cuneate base contracted into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer through early fall on a congested, distichous, successively several flowered, racemose, .6" [1.6 cm] long inflorescence.

"Characterized by the very thin, weak ramicauls, spreading narrowly ovate leaves suffused with red but with green margins, transverse petals with lobes long-pointed, a bilaminate lip with the very small laminae flanking the column and a large oblong, dscending appendix with a tuft of long hairs on the rouned apex." Luer 1996


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