Lepanthes imitator Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View of Flower Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Lip Detail Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Imitating Lepanthes [refers to its similarity to L monitor]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2150 to 2480 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to shortly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, congested, distichous, 1.32" [3.3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


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; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide;