Lepanthes teres Luer 1983 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 Terete Lepanthes [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 2250 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, close lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous, along the ribs and margins of the ostia carrying a single, apical, red purple, erect, fleshy, narrowly ovoid, terete, shallowly sulcate, gradually narrowing from the base to the acute apex, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a filiform, extremely congested, distichous, .52" [1.3 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

There are only a few Lepanthes with terete leaves and they are L aciculifolia, L closterion, L fusiformis and L teres.


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