Lepanthes effusa Schltr. 1915 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Another Angle

Photos By Jay Pfahl

Another Angle

Another Angle

Another Angle

Photo by Arturo Carrilo

Another Flower [Lepanthes millei]

Another View

Another view of a flower opening

Another Angle

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Lip Detail [Lepanthes millei]

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt .

Full Shade Cold spring

Common Name The Spread Out Lepanthes [refers to the loose inflorescence]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8, minutely ciliate-scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, often purple suffused beneath, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, loose, flexuous, 9 to 10.8" [23 to 27 cm] long including the .4 to 2" [1 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several to many flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaf.


This is one of three mini-miniature species commonly occuring around the northern Bogata area, the other 2 are, L clausa and Lepanthes matisii Luer, Thoerle & P.Ortiz.

Similar to the sympatric [at least in Antioquia] Lepanthes marthae, which differs in the coarse rather than slender roots, the coarsly pubescent lepanthiform sheaths rather than minutely ciliate and most noticebly, the petals of L marthae join the column above the dilated base.

Synonyms Lepanthes millei Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as L millei drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 75 #1 2011 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;