Lepanthes gemmula Luer & Hirtz 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Little Gem Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona Santiago Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by about 3 to 6, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-ovate, obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, sublax, distichous, to .44" [1.1 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XIV Luer 1994 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide