Lepanthes grossiradix Luer & Hirtz 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Thick Root Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in El Oro Ecuador at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with thick purple roots and an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical-ovate, acute, slightly acuminate cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, loose, distichous to 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.


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