Lepanthes tortilis Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Leaf and Flowers Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Twisted Lepanthes [refers to the narrowly long-attenuate apex of the leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Imambura Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a very slender, erect to suberect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, close fitting, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous ostia carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, suborbicular, the obtuse apex, contracted into a slender attenuateed, twisted acumen, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, disitchous, to 1/2" [1.2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with lightly echinate floral bracts.


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