Lepanthes deleastes Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Side View

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

Deep ShadeWarmCoolWinterSpring

Common Name or MeaningThe Baiter Lepanthes [alluding to the presumed function of the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [3 cm]

Found in southern Ecuador in wet and cloud forests on the eastern slopes at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 13 close, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, reticulated with purple beneath, ovate, acute to shortly acuminate, the rounded base abruptly contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, distichous, 3/4" [2.2 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide