Lepanthes delhierroi Luer & Hirtz 1993

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Patricia Harding

Plant and Flowers Photo by Rudolf Jenny

Plant and Flowers TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Del Hierro's Lepanthes [Ecuadorian discoverer of species 20th cen.]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole and the undersides flushed with purple, that blooms in the spring with a 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, erect-arcuate, distichous, terminal, successively few flowered inflorescence with more than one relatively large flower at a time held well above the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo 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

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