Lepanthes ornithocephala L.Jost & Luer 2005 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View of Flower

Photos by Lou Jost

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


Common Name The Bird's Head Lepanthes[refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Tungarahua and Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very slender, pendent ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, tight fitting, sparsely short-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, pendent, erect in relation to the ramicaul, coriaceous, green suffused with red, elliptical-ovate, shortly acuminate, sharply contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf carrying muricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide