Lepanthes purpurea Luer 1955 Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Purple Leafed Lepanthes [refers tothe small plant]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte, with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, black, somewhat coarsely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique ostia and carrying a single, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple , elliptiv, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a slender, congested, distichous, .72" [18 mm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with muricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 10: 164. 1955 Luer Drawing fide