Lepanthes thalia Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower Photos by Tom Fox

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

Common Name Thalia's Lepanthes [greek mythological muse of Comedy]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas Ecuador at elevations around 800 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 10 to 12, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with oblique long-attenuate ostia carrying a single, apical, erect, rigid,narrowly linear, acute, channeled, sulcate medially with both halves convex, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, very congested, to .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on the top side of the leaf .

Synonyms

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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