Lepanthes elephantina Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Elephant-Like Lepanthes [refers to the tusk-like blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern Colmbia to northern Ecuador at elevations around 3000 to 3500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stout, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, obtuse and contracted into a narrow apical segment, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, congested, distichous, to 2" [ 5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

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