Lepanthes focalis Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Side View Photos by Fransiscon Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

Another Color Form Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeCoolColdFallWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Muffler Wearing Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia to southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 13 close, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, suberect to spreading, oblong-ovate, veined, obtuse, the rounded base abruptly condtracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a congested, distichous, 1.3" [3.2 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back side 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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