Lepanthes suavium Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Kissing Lepanthes [refers to the apposition of two parts of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cordillera del Condor Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 8, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with long-acumiante ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acuminate to acute, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, very crowded, distichous, .92 to 1.12" [2.3 to 2.8 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the back side of the leaf.

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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

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