Lepanthes velata Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Covered Lepanthes [refers to the petals that are behind the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador in cold cloud forests at elevations around 3180 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 11 to 13, dark brown, minutely ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with a dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a filiform, subcongested, to .6 to 1.1" [1.5 to 2.6 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back 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