TYPE Drawing

Lepanthes odobenella Luer & Hirtz 1986 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Plant and Flowers Photos by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Little Walrus Lepanthes [refers to the tusk-like lower lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 17, minutely ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with dilated long-acuminate ostia carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thinly coriaceous, purplish, ovate, acute, acuminate broadly cuneate, rounded to subcordate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer to early fall on a filiform, congested, .6 to 1.6" [1.5 to 4 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide