Lepanthes kuijtii Luer & Hirtz 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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

Flower photoPhoto by Alexander Reynolds and UC Davis Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name Kuijt's Lepanthes [Canadian Botanist and codiscoverer of species current]

Flower Size .24" [6mm]

Found in Pinchincha Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coricaeous, suffused with purple beneath, ovate, acute, shortly acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, 1.28" [3 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with cilate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53(11): 1160 1984 Luer & Hirtz drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV. The genus Lepanthes subgenus Lepanthes in Ecuador (Orchidaceae) Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide