Lepanthes mirador Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The El Mirador Lepanthes [An area in Ecuador where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia and Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations around 3300 to 3600 meters as a probable miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect? ramicaul carrying a single, apical, erect?, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to lightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, dense, distichous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Distinguished by the narrowly elliptical leaf, a congested raceme borne behind the leaf, acute, shortly acuminate, denticulate sepals with the laterals shrotly connate, petals with a long-acuminate upper lobe and a very short, transversely obtuse lower lobe and a lip with oblong blades and an appendix witha bilobed segment. L tungurahuae is Distinguished from L mirador by the broader, acuminate leaf, deeply connate lateral sepals and an entire appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide;Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as L aff mirador photos ??;