Lepanthes ornithocephala L.Jost & Luer 2005 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 Bird's Head Lepanthes[refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Tungarahua and Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a very slender, pendent ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, tight fitting, sparsely short-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, pendent, erect in relation to the ramicaul, coriaceous, green suffused with red, elliptical-ovate, shortly acuminate, sharply contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf carrying muricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide