Lepanthes miraculum Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name The Marvel Lepanthes [refers to the grotesque features of the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru and Cochabamba department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with markedly dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and early summer on a slender, erect, loose, subflexuous, to 5 to 5.6" [12.5 to 14 cm] long including the 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long peduncle, , distantly, successively single, to few flowered inflorescence exceeding the leaf in length with ciliate floral bracts

"This remarkable species produces large, dark red flowers in loose racemes. The sepals are erose, shortly pubescent and shortly acuminate. The lower lobes of the ciliate petals flank the column, whithe the minute upper lobes twist behind. The lobes of the lip are narrowly oblong and cover the column, the shaft of which is very slender like that of L vespa. The web-like appendix is in contact witha clavate process from the stigm like that seen in L contingens." Luer 1983


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54:352 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;