Lepanthes aurita Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Large Eared Lepanthes [refers to the petals ]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in mossy cloud forests at elevations around 2200 to 2750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, convex, elliptical-ovate, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, .32" [8 mm] long, successively several 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

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