Lepanthes hydrae Luer & L.Jost 1999

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Close up of appendix notice hydra like growth at bottom right hence the name Photo by Lou Jost and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Hydra Lepanthes [a genus of minute, hydrozoan polyps]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, distichous, congested, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide