Lepanthes asoma Luer & Hirtz 1986 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Body-less Lepanthes [refers to the absence of the lip body]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 4 to 5, darkly colored, tight fitting, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute, obtuse to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and has sparsely short-spiculate floral bracts.


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