Lepanthes fissa Luer & Hirtz 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View of flower Photos by Alexander Hirtz

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

    Common Name The Cleft Lepanthes [refers to the split appendix]

    Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

    Found in Pinchinche Ecuador at elevations around 2450 to 2900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 14, coarsely pubescent lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect in relation to the ramicaul, thinly coriaceous, convex centrally, ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, dense, distichous, 1.16" [2.9 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the concave back of the leaf.


    References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1985 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide