Lepanthes quasimodo Luer 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name The Quasimodo Lepanthes [refers to the fancied appearance of the flowers to Hugo's Quasimodo with the tails of the lateral sepals as his legs]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 13, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark purple, ovate, acute, sulcate with the lateral halves convex, microscopically cellular-glandular apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on filiform, erect, congested, secund, distichous, .72 to .88" [1.8 to 2.2 cm] long including the .32 to .48" [8 to 12 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence on back of the leaf with echinate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;