Lepanthes portillae Luer 1999 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Marisipanthes Photo by Lourens Grobler

Corolla detail

Side View of Corolla detail

Inflorescence Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep shadeCoolFall

Common Name Portilla's Lepanthes [Ecuadorian Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped basally by 11 to 12, shortly ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, broadly obtuse to rounded apically, rounded below and contracted abruptly into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, beyond the leaf, to 2" [5 cm] long, loose, successively several flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts and holding the flower in a pendant position.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVIII. Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1999 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide