Lepanthes tortilis Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Leaf and Flowers

Leaf and Flowers

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TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Twisted Lepanthes [refers to the narrowly long-attenuate apex of the leaves]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Imambura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a very slender, erect to suberect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, close fitting, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous ostia carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, suborbicular, the obtuse apex, contracted into a slender attenuateed, twisted acumen, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, congested, disitchous, to 1/2" [1.2 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf with lightly echinate floral bracts.

"Characterized by the very thin, threadlike ramicauls, spreading, orbicular leaves with a long narrow, twisted apical segment, pubescent petals, a pubescent outer margin lip and a protruding cornicopia like appendix." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide;

Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;