Lepanthes stegastes Luer & Hirtz, Lindleyana 2: 144 (1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Covered Lepanthes [refers to the protected inflorescence within the horizontal convex leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 8, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, more or less horizontal, convex, coriaceous, suborbicular, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, filiform, very congested, distichous, 1.12 to 1.2" [2.8 to 3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising and held within the cavity of the underside of the leaf.


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