Lepanthes aurorae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001

Photo by Kazutoshi Moriya and the Peacewood Orchid Website

Flower opening Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Aurora's Lepanthes [Mrs. Bennett Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Peru in cool wet cloud forests on slender branches at elevations around 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by pubescent lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate apically, cuneate below and narrowing into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a congested, secund, filiform, to 1.2" " [to 3 cm] long, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

Differs in having a lanceolate dorsal sepal, the equally bilobed petals and glabrous, lateral labellum lobes.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 669 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide;

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