Lepanthes strumosa Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993Photo by Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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


Common Name The Goiter Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the transverse lip beneath the column]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1850 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 7, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute to acuminate, narrowly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a filiform, erect, congested, .38 to .6" [.9 to 1.5 cm] long including the .16 to .4 [4 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;