Lepanthes tectorum Luer & Hirtz 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 Roofed Lepanthes [refers to the pair of blades of the lip over the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 10, tight glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous, long-acumiante ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute-acuminate , rounded to broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on a filiform, very congested, secund, .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