Lepanthes hystrix Luer & Hirtz 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993

Side View of Flower Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Porcupine Lepanthes [refers tothe prickly exterior of the flower]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on 2 to 4, filiform, loose, lightly flexuous, to 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin 53: 1158 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide