Lepanthes spelynx Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Flower

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Cave-Like Lepanthes [refers to the deep cavity in the body of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 15 ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, purple beneath, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded base contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a few, filiform, congested, disitichous, 2.6" [6.5 cm] long including the 2 [5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising either above or below the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 Luer & Escobar 1985 drawing/photo fide; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 Luer 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide