Lepanthes ectopa Luer 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Esteben Dominguez Vargas

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Strange Lepanthes [refers to the floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle De Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 10, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, erect, purple suffused beneath elliptical, acute, long-acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a, filiform, congested, distichous, .36" [9 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;