Lepanthes surrogata Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Photo by Jean Marc Pallandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Surrogate Lepanthes [refers to the modification of the rostellar flap]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, suberect to erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 13, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has spiculate floral bracts

Similar in the modified rostellar flap to L mystax and L necopina


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidoanrum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide