Lepanthes pubescens Luer 1983SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Marni Turkel and the Stony Point Ceramic Orchid Photo site

Common Name The Hairy Lepanthes [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10 lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, softlyly coriaceous, purple reticulate, more or less pubescent, elliptical-ovate, lightly acuminate apically, the cuneate base narrowing below into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a congested, secund, filiform, to 1.2" " [to 3 cm] long, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

Checked Luer OK