Lepanthes plectilis Luer & Hirtz 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo by Alexander Hirtz/TYPEDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Intricate Lepanthes [refers to the complicated appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Napo and Pastaza Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 1270 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 9, close, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, spreading to horizontal, margined with purple reticulation, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and early fall on a filiform, congested, flexuous, to 1/2 to 1.12" [1.2 to 2.8 cm] long including the .16 to .8" [4 to 20 mm long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and often in pairs with one peduncle longer than the other and carrying lightly echinate floral bracts.

Similar to L intricata but differs in the narrow, reticulate leaves, the smaller flowers, the non-acuminate, minutely denticulate sepals and the obtuse blades of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;