Lepanthes electilis Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

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.


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