Lepanthes flexuosa Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Flexuous Lepanthes [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations around 2100 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect to suberect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, sometimes purple beneath, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a comparatively stout, progressively lengthening, flexuous, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with 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