Lepanthes avicularia Luer & Hirtz 1987 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Laurent Minet and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Small Bird Lepanthes [refers to the winged petals and lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations of 2600 to 3050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 4, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, loose, flexuous, to 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

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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