Lepanthes elytrifera Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Beetle Wing Cover Lepanthes

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 14, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with thickened margins and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, shortly acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a slender, congested, distichous, to 1.8" [to 4.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and with acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 Luer drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide