Lepanthes meniscophora Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by John Hill and the J & L Orchid Website

Common Name The Meniscus-Bearing Lepanthes [Refers to the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths with oblique, dilated, ciliate, long-acumiante ostia and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, suffused with purple, ovate, acute, lightly acuminate, cuneate and narrowing below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a subdense, secund, filiform, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the top surface of the leaf.

Separated by the secund inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with denticulate, shortly acuminate, crescent-shaped petals.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide;

Checked Luer OK