Lepanthes eruca Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Column and appendix Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Type Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Caterpillar-Like Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 11, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, suffused with purple beneath and along the margins above, ovate, acute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a filiform, dense, distichous, 1.32" [3.3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying echinate floral bracts.


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