Lepanthes hirsutula Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade WarmCool LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Hairy Lepanthes

Flower Size .25" [7 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations of 750 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in late winter and spring on a few, 1" [2.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence that is shorter to as long as the leaf, carrying a single flower.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Lepanthes in Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;