Lepanthes stellaris Luer & Hirtz 2009 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Oscar Perez/Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Similar Flower different leaf

Photo by Oscar Alejandro Perez Escobar


Common Name The Star-Shaped Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, ribbed, oblique, non-dilated, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the suumer through fall on 1 to 2, very congested, distichous, .93 to .96" [2.32 to 2.4 cm] long including the .32 to .4 [8 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf, with ciliate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo/drawing Fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide