Lepanthes illinizae Luer & Hirtz 1993 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 Illiniza Lepanthes [A volcano in Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 14, dark, loose, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to acuminate, cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an elongating, loose, distichous, lightly flexuous, to 5.6" [14 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence.


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