Lepanthes vellicata Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993>

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeHotWarmWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Pinched Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the deflexed bases of the blades of the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and western Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 750 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, deflexed above the base, cuneate below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, distichous, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long including the .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, filiform, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind the leaf with ciliate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;