Lepanthes chimaera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Lourens Grobler

deep shade Cold LATESummerFall

Common Name The Chimaera Lepanthes [refers to the grotesque Mythological Creature]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15 close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique apices carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, successively many flowered, distichous, inflorescence with 2 to 3 flowers open simultaneously. Found in the border areas of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador at high elevations and has long tailed flowers on a congested raceme arising from behind the leaf and has tall-carinate, inflated towards the base sepals and proportionally very small petals and a lip with non-remarkable oblong blades.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol. XIV. The genus Lepanthes Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;

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