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


Common Name The Frightful Lepanthes [refers to the flower shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in west central Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 14, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated, acuminate, ciliate ostia and carrying a single, apical, more or less horizontal, coriaceous, purple suffused, rugose-verrucose with minutely ciliate margins, ovate, acute to lightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a slender, congested, secund, 1" [2.5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf and carrying submuricate floral bracts.


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