~Lepanthes thoerleae Luer 1997 - See Lepanthes yunckeri Ames ex Yunck. 1938 Photo courtesy Lisa Thoerle


Common Name Thoerle's Lepanthes [American botanist and Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

This epiphytic mini-miniature is found at lower elevations in Suriname but can be grown in moderate shade and with hot to cool conditions and has erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf and blooms on a terrminal, .4" [1cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

If you take notice of the name of the plant and the photographer you may notice a similarity. Luer named it after the contributor.

This species is a synonym of Lepanthes yunkeri [See nomenclature notes 12/5/2014 under L yunkeri and is now added as a disjunct population of L yunkeri as previously it has only been known from Central America.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK