Lepanthes hexapus Luer & R. Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Side View of Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Leaves and Flowers

Leaves and Flowers Photo by Milan Vagner.

Full shade CoolTo Warm WinterTo Spring

Common Name The Six Footed Lepanthes [refers to the six segments of a pair of petals]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 850 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6 ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple veined, ovate, acute leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, successively several flowered, 2/5" [1 cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

Similar to L heptapus, L skelton and L aguirre but this one has wider ovate leaves and a much shorter, ovoid appendix.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 drawing; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as L hetapus photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Checked Luer OK

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