Lepanthes echinata Luer & Cloes 2001 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Side View of Flower Photos by Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

Lip Detail Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana Webpage

Common Name The Prickly Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, mcroscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, peduncle .9" [2 cm] long, longer than the leaf, rachis .8" [2 cm] long, lax, successivly single, few flowered inflorescnce with floral bracts as long as the pedicel. .

"This species is closely related to Bolivian Lepanthes nycteris, but the flowers are easily distinguished by the deeply concave, orbicular dorsal sepal. As in L. nycteris, the synsepal is con-cave in the basal third above which it is convex, where the sides recurve. The apices are contract-ed into acute tails. The lobes of the lip are tri-angular and retrorse." Luer 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * SELBYANA Volume 22(2) 107 2001 drawing fide