Lepanthes urania Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Urania's Lepanthes [Greek mythological muse of Astromony, refers to the rounded moon-like flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Carchi Ecuador at elevations around 900 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 15, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to acuminate, more or less lightly convex towards the base, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, congested, disitchous, 1.68 to 1.96" [4.2 to 4.7 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top 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