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

Common Name The Mourning Cloak Lepanthes [refers to Nymphalis antiopa a butterfly with purple rings bordered by yellow]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cotopaxi Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 12, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with widely dialted ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acuminate to acute, reticulate and ciliate along the veins beneath, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, erect, congested, .38" [9.5 mm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back 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