Lepanthes horribilis Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Frightful Lepanthes [refers to the flower shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in west central Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 14, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, acuminate, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, more or less horizontal, coriaceous, purple suffused, rugose-verrucose with minutely ciliate margins, ovate, acute to lightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a slender, congested, secund, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and carrying submuricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide