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


Common Name Ortega's Lepanthes [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast and codiscoverer of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a erect, very slender ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 10, close, thin, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with long-acuminate apices carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused, reticulate-veined, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through early fall on a filiform, extremely congested, secund, to .92" [to 2.3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with long pedicels and arising on the back of the leaf.


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