Lepanthes dalessandroi Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Photo by Francisco Tobar and his Ecuador Orchids Flickr Photo Webpage

Variable flower form Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Arturo Carrilo

another flower Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup and classic flower shape Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Side View Of Flowers Photo courtesy of Lisa Thoerle

Common Name or Meaning Dalessandro's Lepanthes [American Discoverer of Species]

Flower Size .3" x .8" [7mm x 2 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender to comparatively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 6, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly oblong, subacute to obtuse leaf with the base narrowly cuneate into a petiole that blooms in the spring on a progressively lengthening, subflexous, 13 1/5" [33 cm] long, loosely 1 to 3, simultaneously flowered, racemose inflorescence with very large flowers for the genus.

This species has many variable flower shapes but the lip stays constant. It is a very large flowered species with 1 to 3 open at any one time.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 484 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

W 3 Tropicos This one checks out.

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