Lepanthes athena Luer 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

EARLIER

Common Name The Dagger Winged Lepanthes [refers to the petals being like a butterfly]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern most Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender to stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 16, coarsely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Synonyms

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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide

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