Lepanthes calliope Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCoolspring

Common Name or Meaning Calliope's Lepanthes [The Muse of epic Poetry, one of the 9 muses]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations of 1650 to 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, elongate ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 12 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute, basally contracted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf.

"Similar to the frequent L monitor but is distinguished by the petals with the transverse, lobulate lower lobes." Luer 1996

Checked type W3Tropicos ok


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide