Lepanthes auriculata Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Orchid Website

Not L auriculata, still working on it. Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Common Name The Eared Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations of 1400 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte often occuring near rivers with slender to stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 10 to 16, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, long acuminate leaf with minute cilia along the ventral veins and has a rounded base contracted into a petiole that blooms in the fall on a dense, successively many flowered, racemose, to 1/10" [2 mm] long inflorescence.

There are 2 other species within Colombia that can be confused with this species, L orion which has much more obtuse sepals and an appendix that is pubescent and oblong and L steyermarkii which differs in a protuberant, shortly ciliate, obtuse sinus which is held beneath the stigma.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI 2010 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide