Lepanthes chelonion Luer & R. Escobar 1985 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae Novon 1993 Photo by Arturo Carrilo

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name .2" [5 mm]

Flower Size 1/4" x 3/4" [.7 x 2 cm]

Found as an epiphyte in Colombia at elevations of 2600 meters in sub-paramo mist forests as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with horizontal to erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, rounded, gradually narrows below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, to ascending, 1 5/8" [4 cm] long, successively, single flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L agatarum, L calocodon, L cloesii, L cymbium and L nautilus.

Exact match to type

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 54 page 54 January Luer & Escobar 1985 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;