Lepanthes pelyx Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Mucronatae Novon 1993

Photo by Jean Marc Pallandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Basin Lepanthes [refers to the broadly concave body of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in very wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 13 to 15, ciliate, leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to almost horizontal, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, lightly reticulate, ovate, acute, long-acuminate, round and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, congested, successively several to many flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.

Similar species include, L cotyledon, L mucronata, L abitaguae, >, L corrugata, L ortegae, L pilosiaures and L rhodophylla.


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