Lepanthes biglomeris Luer & R.Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website CR

Deep Shade Cold Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Two Ball Lepanthes [refers to the upper lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on a slender, loose, distichous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with minutely muricate, acute floral bracts.

Similar to L hemirhoda in the lanceolate , erect leaves and the lax raceme that is shorter than the leaf. L biglomeris differs in the upper lobes of the petals which are flashy, red, velvety, globular, supperposed and much larger than the less flashy lower lobes. The lip also differs in the body being much wider with an oblong appendix that just reaches to slightly exceeds the laminae of the lip. Luer & Escobar 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia 19: 21 Luer & Escobar 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI1 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;