Lepanthes zygion Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Little Yolk Lepanthes [refers to the blades of the lip surrounding the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pinchincha Ecuador on the western slopes at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a suberect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 10, close, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate, obtuse and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, to 1.4" [to 3.5 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence.


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