Lepanthes dalessandroi Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by © Jay Pfahl
Photo by © Francisco Tobar and his Ecuador Orchids Flickr Photo Webpage
Variable flower form Photo by © Jay Pfahl
Another Flower Photo courtesy of Arturo Carrilo ©
another flower Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl ©
Flower Closeup and classic flower shape Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler
Side View Of Flowers Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle©
Common Name or Meaning Dalessandro's Lepanthes [American Discoverer of Species]
Flower Size .3" x .8" [7mm x 2 cm]
Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender to comparatively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 6, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly oblong, subacute to obtuse leaf with the base narrowly cuneate into a petiole that blooms in the spring on a progressively lengthening, subflexous, 13 1/5" [33 cm] long, loosely 1 to 3, simultaneously flowered, racemose inflorescence with very large flowers for the genus.
This species has many variable flower shapes but the lip stays constant. It is a very large flowered species with 1 to 3 open at any one time.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 484 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide
W 3 Tropicos This one checks out.