Lepanthes melpomene Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

cf melomene differs in the longer recurved tails larger and heavier petals and in the pilose leaf Photo by Milan Vagner

cf melomene Side View of Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Melpomene's Lepanthes [Greek Muse of Tragedy]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found only in southeastern Ecuador in cold cloud forests at elevations around 2200 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a sub-erect, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 10 to 15, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, thickly coriaceous, apical, elliptic-ovate, purple suffused leaf with the base cuneate into a petiole that blooms in the late winter through summer on a congested, secund, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence


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

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK