Lepanthes morleyi Luer & Dalström 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

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

Common Name Morley's Lepanthes [Morley Read, Codiscoverer of species current]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 16, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a, slender, congested, to 1.4" " [3.5 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"The flowers are very small with obtuse, galbrous sepals. The petals are proportionally large with the oblong upper lobe about as large as the lateral sepal. The blades of the lip ae little more than the longitudinally thickened margins of the connectives. The body is remarkably thick with a small, ovoid, pubescent 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