Lepanthes chorista Luer & Hirtz 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthe SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photos by Thomas Ditlevsen © and his Thomas Orchids Flickr Photo site

Different colored flower

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Milan Vágner ©

Different colored flower Photos by Fransisco Tobar © and his Flickr Ecuador orchids Photo site

Common Name or Meaning The ? Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape as a cutter or yacht]

Flower Size 1/10" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador to northeastern Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1200 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by several lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, purplish beneath, ovate, subacute, shortly acuminate, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, distichous, .4" [10 mm] successively several flowered inflorescence borne behind the leaf.

Similar to L lloensis and L magnifica but this one has glabrous petals and lip as well as an oblong, membraneous appendix with an apical gland that has a pair of minute finger-like processes.

The First photo is the most correct to the drawing by Luer. The other 2 differ not only in color, but in the lip shape and the finger-like processes on the apical gland


Checked per Luer

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide