Lepanthes xenos Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Alien Lepanthes [refers to unusual characteristics of the the flower]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations around 2100 to 2450 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, robust ramicaul enveloped by 13 to 15, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate , acute to acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a filiform, very congested, disitchous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide