Lepanthes paradoxa Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Paradox Lepanthes [refers to the inflorescence and flowers huge for the size of the plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1850 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, loose, flexuous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively 3 to 4 at once, 10 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L caudata, L floresii, L jimburae, L synema, and L vermicularis.


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