Lepanthes maxillaris 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

EARLY

Common Name The Jaw-Like Lepanthes [refers to the pincer-like shape of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by to 7 to 8, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, reticulated purple beneath, ovate, acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a slender, congested, distichous, 2.2 to 2.4" [5.5 to 6 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying muriculate floral bracts.

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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