Lepanthes ericae Luer 2011 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Another Flower

Photos by Erica Moron de Abad and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name Erica's Lepanthes [Erica Moron de Abad Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2900 meters a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by ribbed, minutely scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ellitpical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on 2 to 3, arising on the back of the leaf, congested, distichous, .8" [ to 2 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the costate ovary floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the single veined lateral sepals. The leaf is elliptical and distinctly shorter than the ramicauls with scabrous sheaths. Two to three short, successively flowered racemees are borne behind the leaf. The sepals are very pale yellow with a dark purple center of the dorsal sepal. The tips of the sepals are acuminate and the lateral sepals are single veined. The blades of the lip are lunate and convex with recurved margins; the connectives and body are broad and a small, round appendix is present in the sinus." Luer 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 16(2): 330. Luer 2011 drawing fide;