Lepanthes illex Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

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


Common Name The Seductive Lepanthes [refers to the presumed attractive function of the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3200 to 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 16, glabrous to microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths that are minimally dilated at the orifice and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, veined, narrowly elliptical, acute to acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on a filiform, sublax, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.

Most similar to L amplisepala but this one has a caespitose plant habit and has flowers with the lip with glabrous blades and an ovate, pedunculate appendix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;