Lepanthes focalis Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View

Photos by Fransisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

Another Color Form

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCoolColdFallWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Muffler Wearing Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia to southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 13 close, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, suberect to spreading, oblong-ovate, veined, obtuse, the rounded base abruptly condtracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a congested, distichous, 1.3" [3.2 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

"Identified by the thin, oblong, obtuse leaves witha prominent, apical acumen, entire acuminate sepals with the tips of the laterals diverging, narrowly oblong petals and a thick pubescnt, broadly cordate lip without the developement of the blades." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:343 1983, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing good;