Lepanthes terpsichore Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Arturo Carrilo

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flwoers Flower Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Terpischore's Lepanthes [greek mythological muse of music and dancing]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in El Oro Ecuador at elevations around 1850 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, lepanthiform sheaths with markedly ciliated ostia carrying a single, apical, purple suffused, spreading, thickly coriaceous, elliptic-ovate, acute, wide expanded, sulcate medially with both halves convex, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, congested, secund, to 2" [to 5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top side of the leaf within the sulcus.


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