Lepanthes hymenoptera Luer & Hirtz 1988

SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Wolfgang Renner and his Orchid Website

Common Name The Membraneous Winged Lepanthes [Refers to the thin, transparent blades of the lip]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2100 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15, thin, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate to narrowly ovate-elliptical, acute, the cuneate base contracted below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a very congested, distichous, filiform, .4 to 1.5" [1 to 3.8 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK