Lepanthes cochliops Luer & R.Vásquez1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade Cold Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Small Eyed Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2100 to 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, purple beneath, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on a slender, loose, distichous, weak, 4.2" [to 10.5 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with muriculate floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the long, weak, loosely flowered raceme of spiculate, long-tailed flowers with unique petals. Instead of transversly bilobed, the petals stand erect as if one lobed, with the narrow apex recurved. In reality, the petals are bilobed, consisting almost entirely of the protruding upper lobe, the lower lobe remaining as an obtuse angle at the base." Luer 1991


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Lindleyana Vol 6 #2: 68 Luer 1991 draqwing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;