Lepanthes chimaera Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

deep shade Cold LATESummerFall

Common Name The Chimaera Lepanthes [refers to the grotesque Mythological Creature]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3000 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, branching from near the apex ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 15, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique apices carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a slender, 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, successively 2 to 3, many flowered, distichous, inflorescence.

Found in the border areas of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador at high elevations and has long tailed flowers on a congested raceme arising from behind the leaf and has tall-carinate, inflated towards the base sepals and proportionally very small petals and a lip with non-remarkable oblong blades.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;