Lepanthes laevis Luer 1999Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Webpage


Common Name The Smooth Lepanthes [refers to the sepals, petals and blades of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Chiriqui Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, close fitting, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coricaeous, elliptical, slightly concave, acute to narrowly obtuse, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a filiform, congested, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Related to L fimbriata but differs in the petals and blades of the lip ate smooth and totally glabrous as well as the blades of the lip are adherent over the entire length of the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53(11): 1160 1984 Luer & Hirtz drawing/photo fide;