Lepanthes lophius Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name The Lophius Lepanthes [A genus of fish that eat bait similar to the appendix in shape]

Flower Size .20" [5mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 14 cilate, lepanthiform sheaths with markedly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple beneath, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a filiform, congested, flexuous, 1.6" [4.5 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence 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 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide