Lepanthes schizix Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Fransisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website


Common Name Schizix Lepanthes [Named for the similarity to the star of Frank King's Gasoline Alley]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca Colombia and Pichincha province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniture sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, close lepanthiform sheaths with markedly dilted ostia ciliate and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early spring on a racmose, zigzag, filamentous, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, loose, successively flowered inflorescence with a pubescent floral bract

Similar to L corkyae but differs in the ciliate sepals and narrower synsepal and occurs on the western slopes of Pichincha


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide