Lepanthes hystrix Luer & Hirtz 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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 to the 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.

"Characterized by the yellow, long-spiculate flowers borne successively in a loose raceme shorter than the narrow leaf. The lateral sepals are sharply folded inward as seen in L complicata. The petals are transversely narrowly oblong. The blades of the lip are narrowly ovate and the appendix is reduced to a minute, pubescent lobule." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *