Lepanthes maxillaris Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Leaf and Flower

Plant and Flower Photos by Egon Krogsgaard

Type Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Jaw-Like Lepanthes [refers to the pincer-like shape of the lip]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by to 7 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, reticulated purple beneath, ovate, acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a slender, congested, distichous, 2.2 to 2.4" [5.5 to 6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying muriculate floral bracts.

Synonyms

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

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