Lepanthes expansa Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Spread Out Lepanthes [refers to the widely expanded petals]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas Ecuador at elevations around 750 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, purplish, elliptical, acute, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer and again in the winter on a filiform, congested, .24" [6 mm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


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