Lepanthes mendozae Luer & D'Aless. 1998 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Photo by Lisa Thoerle

TYPE drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name Mendoza's Lepanthes [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, flexuous, distichous, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide

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