Lepanthes floresii Luer & Hirtz 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name Flores' Lepanthes [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, obtuse, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a filiform, loose, distichous, lightly flexuous, to 3.8" [to 9.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L caudata, L jimburae, L paradoxa, L synema, and L vermicularis. but characterized by the long, loose raceme of much smaller orange flowers. that have obtuse apiculate sepals and an obtuse, oblong appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide