Lepanthes deformis Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993
Leaf and Flower
Photos by © Bogarin, Used under permission of the Epidendra Website CR
Common Name The Deformed Lepanthes [refers to the askew lip]
Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]
Found in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador in lower montane cloud forests at elevations around 750 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, pendant, warm to cool growing epiphtye with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 7, blackish, shortly pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical to suborbicular, shortly acuminate, abruptly narrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a short successively single few flowered inflorescence holding the flower on the front of the leaf.
SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type OK; Icones Pleurothalldinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;