Lepanthes helcium Luer & Hirtz 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATE EARLIER

Common Name The Horse Collar Lepanthes [refers to the "U" shaped lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 2300 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 11, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to acuminate, cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on a filiform, congested, lightly flexuous, 1.2 to 1.68" [3 to 4.2 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and held near the tip of the leaf to beyond.

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

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