Lepanthes fusiformis Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Narrowly Ellipsoid Lepanthes [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southern Ecuador at elevations around 2450 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect to suberect, weak ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 8, finely long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, purple suffused, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, fleshy thickened to terete, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf sometimes with microscopically ciliate margins that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, lightly flexous, 1.12" [2.8 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and carrying ciliate to scabrous floral bracts.

There are only a few Lepanthes with terete leaves and they are L aciculifolia, L closterion, L fusiformis and L teres.


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