Lepanthes calyptrata Luer 1992 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Saul Altamirano A. and The Parque Naciaonal Carrasco, Cochabamba Bolivia, Orquideas del Proyecto Hidroelectrico Ivirizu Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cool LATERWinter

Common Name or Meaning Covered Lepanthes [refers to the position of the blades of the lip over the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in remnant forests at elevations around 1350 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with very slender, suberect, ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 17, glabrous to microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, narrowly ovate, acuminate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, very congested, secund, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Characterized by the long, thin, weak ramicauls and narrowly ovate, acuminate leaves longer than the congested, long-pedunculate inflorescewnce. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse, the transversely bilobed petals are large with the upper lobe truncate and the lower long-pubesdcent. The thin blades of the lip are held over the large column so that it is not seen in a manner not at all uncommon among Ecuadorian speciees such as L agglutinata. The blades are not easily spread because the broad connectives are very short. The body is thick witha retuse sinus and an oblong, pubescent appendix." Luer 1992


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana 7(2): 103, f. 3. Luer 1992 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;