Lepanthes benzingii Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Common Name Benzing's Lepanthes [American Botanist later 1900's]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 850 to 1250 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 8 microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, shortly acuminate, abruptly acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, extremely congested, distichous, .92" [2.3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising mostly on the back of the leaf.

"Recognized by the round leaves, shortly acuminate at the apex, borne by slender ramicauls, a congested, long-pedicellate raceme shorter than the leaf, oblong blades of the lip held together above the column and a horseshoe shaped stigma held above a stout, pubescent appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:331 Luer 1983; 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