Lepanthes ilensis Dodson 1980 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Ila Lepanthes [A mountain range in Ecuador]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in west central Ecuador at elevations around 600 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 11, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, obtuse to shortly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter 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.

"Characterized by the congested, small flowered raceme shorter than the elliptical, shortly acuminate leaf. The sepals are obtuse and shortly acuminate, the petals are large with rounded ends of the lobes and the blades of the lip are elliptical with the body narrow but thick, protuberant and rounded with a small appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 127 Dodson 1980 as L illense drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as L illense drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide