Lepanthes urotepala Rchb.f. 1856 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Plant in situ Ecuador

Photos by Andreas Kay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


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

Similar flower but not see L dicytropetala?

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Tail Like Petal Lepanthes [refers to the long-acuminate upper lobe of the petal]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2100 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 8 to 11, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute or acuminate, cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, congested, disitchous, 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.

Similar to L antennata, L dicyrtopetala, L silverstoneii and L vibrissa.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Rchb.f 1856; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide to dawing not photo; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide to drawing not photo;