Lepanthes vermicularis Luer 1983 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Worm-Like Lepanthes [refers to the Appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2600 to 3050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, erect, loose, flexuous, progressively lengthening, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L floresii, L caudata, L jimburae, L synema and L paradoxa.


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