Lepanthes atomifera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cool LATER Spring

Common Name The Small Particle Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the miniscule appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations above 1830 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 8, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, more or less spreading, purple beneath, coriaceous, ovate, acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, very congested, secund, .36 to .48" [.9 to 1.2 cm] long including the .16 to .26" [4 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

The appendix of this small species is a microscopic, triangular process in the deep sinus of the lip. The blades of the lip are microscopically pubescent and the petals are glabrous." Luer 1984


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 53 #1 pg 26, Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;