Lepanthes carrilloi Luer & Thoerle 2011 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Jose Alejandro Romero Medina and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade Cold LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning Carrillo's Lepanthes [Arturo Carrillo, Colombian Orchid Enthusiast Extrordinaire and my good friend current]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate margins of the ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, shortly acuminate, rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 2 to 3, filiform, loose, flexuous, 6" [15 cm] long, including the .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long peduncle, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying red flowers.

"Except for the differences in the basic morphology of the sepals, Lepanthes dissidens is practically identical to Lepanthes carrilloi Luer & Thoerle from the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. At least three plants of L. dissidens obtained from the same source, and with similar, single-veined sepals, are cultivated in Europe. Lepanthes carrilloi is known form only a single specimen with two-veined lateral sepals. The sepals of both taxa are of the same length, but those of L. dissidens are proportionately narrower, each with only a single vein without accessories. The dorsal sepal of L. dissidens is more triangular than ovate, and the lateral sepals are more or less oblong, acute, only half as wide, and not diverging. The lateral sepals of L. carrilloi are two-veined, broadly ovate, oblique, acuminate, and diverging." Luer 2013

CAUTION The photo id is tenuous, there are differences in the petals and lip. Especially the hair on the outer margin of the petals is not shown in Luer's drawing or description. The drawing is the type so it si absolutely correct.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AJC Ref 047-b

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 16(2): 329 Luer & Thoerle 2011 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Lepanthes of Colombia Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle;

Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;