Lepanthes infundibulum Luer 1984 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.
Another Clone Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl
TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and and the AOS Website
Common Name Funnel-Shaped Lepanthes
Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]
Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with stout, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 5 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, concave, orbicular, obtuse, abruptly narrowing to the round, cuneate base leaf that is always in bud or bloom with a few, .4" [1 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.
"The habit of this species is most unusual in the funnel-like shape of the broad leaves. The inflorescence is borne within the cup. The flowers are small, the petals longer than the sepals. The apices of the blades of the lip are narrow and curve under the large apex of the slender column. The appendix is reduced to a tuft of straight hairs within the sinus." Luer 1984
Said to be a synonym of L helleri but if the determinations are correct they are quite different so I leave them separate until more information becomes available
CAUTION !!!!! I am not sure of this determination so please use with caution, the type drawing is absolutely correct.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR CHECKED Type ?; * Phytologia 55: 186 Luer 1984 drawing fide