Lepanthes jackinpyxa Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Side View of Flower

Lip Detail

Leaf and 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 Jack In The Box Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape and function]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 13 to 15, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with long-acuminate, microscopically scabrous ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, suffused with purple beneath, thinly coriaceous, suborbicular, obtuse, abruptly long acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a filiform, congested, secund, to 1.8" [to 4.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence and arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide