Lepanthes suavium Luer & Hirtz 1996 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 Kissing Lepanthes [refers to the apposition of two parts of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cordillera del Condor Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 8, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with long-acumiante ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acuminate to acute, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, very crowded, distichous, .92 to 1.12" [2.3 to 2.8 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back side 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