Lepanthes caloura Luer & Hirtz 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Leaf and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner

Another Flower

Photo by Walter Teague

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer © and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade CoolWinter Spring

Common Name The Beautiful Tailed Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1300 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 15 to 17, shortly ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple beneath with green margins, elliptical, subacute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a filiform, beneath or on top of the leaf, congested, secund, .7" to 7/8" [1.8 to 2.2 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence

Similar to L pubescens with the long, outwardly curved tails of the lateral sepals but differs in the lateral sepals being one veined and the dorsal sepal is suborbicular with a short reflexed tail.


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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide