Lepanthes crucis Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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

Full Shade Cold LATESummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Cross Lepanthes [refers to the crossed upper lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Azuay Province of Ecuador at elevations above 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, cilate, lepanthiform sheaths with obliquely dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a slender, sublax, 1.8 to 2" [ 4.5 to 5 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;