Lepanthes elaminata Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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


Common Name The Non Laminate Lepanthes [refers to the lateral lobes of the lip that do not form distinct laminae]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 10, microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute to lightly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a filiform, dense, distichous, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

"Identified by its small habit and spreading ovate leaves with the congested raceme of little flowers reaching or overhanging the tip. The thickened, ovate lobes of the lip flank the sides of the column, but they are not developed into blades that cover the column. A small oblong appendix is present." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 2: 132. Luer 1987 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