Lepanthes cassidea Rchb.f. 1856 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Inflorescence Photos by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Helmut Shaped Lepanthes [refers to the concave dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in western Ecuador at elevations around 900 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 8 microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, successively several flowered, long-pedicellate inflorescence holding the flower near the apex of the leaf.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Rchb.f 1856; 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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