Lepanthes zunagensis Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Leaf and Flower Photos by Andreas Kay and his Orchids of Ecuador Flickr Photo Website

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

Common Name The Rio Zunag Lepanthes [A River in Pastaza Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender to stout ramicaul enveloped by 6 to 7, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, congested, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top 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