Lepanthes stupenda Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Another Flower

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeWarmColdSpringFall

Common Name or Meaning The Stupendous Lepanthes [refers to the large flower]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in wet montane and scrub cloud forests at elevations aound 1200 to 3200 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 14 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, reticulated, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate to rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on a slender, congested, distichous, to 2.32" [to 5.8 cm] long including the .6 to 1.12 [1.5 to 2.8 cm] long peduncle, filiform, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 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 drawing/photo fide;