Lepanthes glabella Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Jean Mark and his Flickr Orchid Webpage

Common Name The Hairless Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bolivar Ecuador in wet virgin forests at elevations around 1250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, lepanthiform sheaths with sparsely ciliate, dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, secund, .45" [1.2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


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