Lepanthes lucifer Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Felinae Luer 1986

Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name Satan's Lepanthes [refers to the 2 horns within the flower]

Flower Size .4" [1cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 8 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, dark green, suffused with purple below, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, broadly cuneate below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a congested, successively several flowered, racemose, .6" to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long inflorescence held on top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 10 1987 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 483 Bennett & Christenson 1998; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 photo fide;

Checked Luer OK