Lepanthes thylax Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Lisa Thoerle

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

Common Name The Sack Lepanthes [refers to the appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations around 850 to 1550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 9, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple beneath, ovate, margined, subacute to obtuse, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an congested, to .16 to .4" [.4 to 1 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf .

Synonyms Lepanthes nambijae Luer & Hirtz 1987

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