Lepanthes ejecta Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Cast Out Lepanthes [Refers to the flower arising far away from the leaf apex]]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 13, tight-fitting, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, longly acuminate, the cuneate base narrows below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, distichous, filiform, 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the top surface of the leaf and extends well beyond the apex of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK