Lepanthes echo Luer & Hirtz 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

Lip Detail

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Summer

Common Name or Meaning Echo's Lepanthes [Mythical Nymph in Greece]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in forests around elevations of 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 7 ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the summer on a sub-congested, distichous, racemose, .4" [10 mm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence that holds the flower beyond the leaf.

"This species is similar in general appearance to L dalessandroi but differs in the shorter, more or less congested raceme borne by a peduncle beyond the leaf. The flower is large, with a triangular dorsal sepal and synsepal spreading widely in opposite directions. The incurved, apical portion of the lower lobe of the petal is thickened. The baldes of the lip consist merely of the thickened margins of the fan-shaped lobes of the lip." Luer 1996 .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Novon 3: 447 Luer 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #2 2013 drawing/photo fide

Checked type drawing at W3Tropicos