Lepanthes carunculigera Rchb.f. 1886 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes

Plant and Flower in situ Parque Nacional Tatama' Choco Colombia 8/17

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cold Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Caruncle Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the verrucose suface to the upper lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Risaralda and Choco departments of Colombia at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading to horizontal, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, satiny green above, elliptical-ovate, subacute, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a filiform, congested, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, including the .48 to .72" [1.2 to 1.7 cm] long peduncle, successively few, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.


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 Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;