Lepanthes orchestris Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep ShadeCoolColdSpringFall

Common Name or Meaning The Dancer Lepanthes [refers to the dainty tailed flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in northeastern Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in cloud forests on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations aound 1300 to 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7, thin, pale, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused below, ovate, subacute, rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a dense, secund, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long including the .2 to .6" [5 to 15 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on back of the leaf.

Similar to the Ecuadorian L ephalmatrix but this one differs in the larger habit, pendent, elliptical leaves [instead of erect, ovate] and twice as large flowers as L ephalmatrix.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez and Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo fide;