Lepanthes gaileana Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Gail's Lepanthes [American Orchid Enthusiast and Lepanthes Lover current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 6, minutely ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, loose, to 2.4" [to 6 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with minutely muricate floral bracts.

Synonyms

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

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