Lepanthes asoma Luer & Hirtz 1986 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower Photos by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Body-less Lepanthes [refers to the absence of the lip body]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, darkly colored, tight fitting, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute, obtuse to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and has sparsely short-spiculate 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