Lepanthes ruthiana Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website


Common Name Ruth's Lepanthes [American Wife of Birder current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 13, slender, acuminate, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, abruptly acuminate, broadly subcordate, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later winter on a slender, congested, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf with acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide