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

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 provinces of 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." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 54 #2 pg 166 1985 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador 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;