Lepanthes electilis Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeColdWinterFall

Common Name or Meaning The Choice Lepanthes [refers to the attractive qualities of this plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, broadly cuneate below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on 1 to 2, progressively lengthening, lightly flexuous, distantly flowered, to 6" [15 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence with 1 to 2 simulataneous flowers.

"Distinguished by the loose raceme that exeeds the leaf in length, triangular, entire, acute sepals, transversely oblong petals and broad labellar blades with short connectives and an oblong column apex." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * *Phytologia 54:341 1983, 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