Lepanthes stupenda Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeWarmColdSpringFall

Common Name or Meaning The Stupendous Lepanthes [refers to the large flower]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in wet montane and scrub cloud forests at elevations aound 1200 to 3200 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 14 lepanthiform sheaths with minutely ciliate margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, reticulated, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate to rounded below and contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on a slender, congested, distichous, to 2.32" [to 5.8 cm] long including the .6 to 1.12 [1.5 to 2.8 cm] long peduncle, filiform, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from behind 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;