Lepanthes elaminata Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 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.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide