IOSPE PHOTOS

Lepanthes elytrifera Luer & L.Jost 1999 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Photo by Carl Luer and Epidendra Webpage

LATE summer EARLY

Common Name The Beetle Wing Cover Lepanthes

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 14, glabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with thickened margins and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, shortly acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a slender, congested, distichous, to 1.8" [to 4.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and with acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 Luer drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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