Lepanthes menatoi Luer & R.Vásquez 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Deep shadeCoolCold WinterSpringSummer Fall

Common Name Menato's Lepanthes [Bolivian discoverer of species]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations around 1500 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 10 to 15, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical-ovate, obtuse, shortly acuminate, rounded basally and contracted abruptly into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a filiform, behind the leaf, to 3.8" [9.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively many flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; *Phytologia 55(3): 189. 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIV. Systematics of Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;