Lepanthes scrotifera Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Alejorchids and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Scrotum Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the pubescent lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 750 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 9, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, purple-suffused beneath, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, secund, to .5 to .68" [1.2 to 1.7 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with lightly echinate floral bracts.

"Lepanthes scrotifera resembles the Ecuadorian species, Lepanthes equus-frisiae and Lepanthes pelorostele and L rigidigitata, the Colombian species L vargasii, L eros, L isoceles, L micellilabia and L niphas and the Costa Rican L posthon, L spadariae and L vestgialis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide;Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 17: 227 Moreno Vieira & Karremans 2017 drawing fide;