Lepanthes elongata Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes Series Elongatae 1993

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and His Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Dawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Elongated Lepanthes [refers to the long inflorescence]

Flower Size .28" [.7 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador in high cloud forests at elevations of 2700 to 3100 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with long, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 8 to 13 close-fitting, microscopically ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the fall and winter on a loose, flexible, strict, successively many flowered, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with oblique floral bracts and the lower flowers distant and subdensely flowered towards the apex and up to 4 flowers opening simultaneously.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;