Lepanthes complicata Luer & R.Vásquez 1983SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves TYPE Photo by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cool WinterSpring Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Folded Together Lepanthes [refers to the sides of the lateral sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1300 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with relatively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, long-ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a filiform, dense, distichous, 1" [2.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising from beneath the leaf.

Part of the group of species related to L complicata by the outer margins of the lateral sepals that are involute to expose the muriculate exterior. The majority of these are from Bolivia and are L ciliolata, L complicata, L crista-piscis, L echnida, L panisca, L pileata, L ptyxis, L ringens


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 54(5): 334 Luer & Vasquez 1983 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 Luer drawing fide;