Lepanthes mastix Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Side View Photos by Arturo Carrillo

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Whip Lepanthes [refers to the long flexible inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations aound 3100 to 3450 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 13, dark brown, close, hispid, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acuminate, acute, the base cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, loose, flexible, lightly flexuous, successively many flowered, to 14" [to 35 cm] long inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide