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


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV 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