Lepanthes crucis Luer & Hirtz 2009 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;