Lepanthes narcissus Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Bilabiatae

Leaf and Flowers

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Another Flower

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Peter Bryder

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


Common Name The Self-Loving ? Lepanthes [Greek God]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1650 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with minimally dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a filiform, loose, distichous, to 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Similar to L inamoena butdiffers in the larger upper lobes and 4 small lower lobes of the petals and the smaller blades of the lip with a much larger triangular appendix located in the sinus of the lip.


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