Lepanthes cactoura Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by © Jean Marc Palandre and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Leaf and Flowers

Photo by © Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cold Summer EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning The Cactus-Like Tail Lepanthes [refers to the thick, cylindrical, pubescent appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 15, minutely ciliate, long acuminate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, more or less reticulate, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 2, filiform, very congested, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(1): 28. Luer & Excobar 1991 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo/drawing fide;