Lepanthes vespertilio Rchb.f. 1856SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Mikaels Orchids Flickr Website

Flower and Leaf Photos courtesy of Christian Gegenbauer

Full Shade Cool ColdWinter SpringSummer Fall

Common Name The Bat Lepanthes [alludes to the inflorescence?]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 7 to 13, close, minutely scabrous, leapnthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broady ovate, obtuse,long-acuminate apically, and abruptly narrows below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at anytime of the year on a very congested, successively many flowered, 3" [7.5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from the back of the leaf and often surpassing the length of the leaf.

Synonyms Lepanthes cosmos Luer & R.Escobar 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1856; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIV Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide