Lepanthes helcium Luer & Hirtz 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Horse Collar Lepanthes [refers to the "U" shaped lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 2300 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on a filiform, congested, lightly flexuous, 1.2 to 1.68" [3 to 4.2 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and held near the tip of the leaf to beyond.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #11 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide