Lepanthes chelonion Luer & R. Escobar 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Arturo Carrilo

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The AOS Website


Common Name .2" [5 mm]

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

Found 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;