Lepanthes delhierroi Luer & Hirtz 1993

SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name Del Hierro's Lepanthes [Ecuadorian discoverer of species 20th cen.]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

A cool growing, miniature epiphyte from Ecuador that is found at elevations of 1400 to 2400 meters in cloud forests with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse leaf with the base cuneate into the petiole and the undersides flushed with purple, that blooms in the spring with a 2 to 2 3/8" [5 to 6 cm] long, erect-arcuate, distichous, terminal, successively few flowered inflorescence with more than one relatively large flower at a time held well above the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes and Lepanthes 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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