Lepanthes mairae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes TYPE Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Full ShadeCool LATE Fall Winter

Common Name Maira's Lepanthes [First neice of Moises Cavero who discovered the species near the Peruvian border with Ecuador]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Amazonas department of Peru and across the border in Ecuador within wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte that was described from pickled flowers so the plant nor flower colors were seen, but the ramicauls have lepanthiform sheaths covered sparsely with short pubescence carrying a single apical, broadly elliptic leaf with conspicuous secondary veins above and reticulated purple veins beneath with the margin of the leaf thickened that blooms in the late fall and winter on a filiform, lightly flexuous, .64" [1.6 cm] long, successively single few flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 674 Bennett & Christenson 2001 Drawing fide;