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

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 .


drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cold spring

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

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia and Ecuador 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 ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing not = L glochidea; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as L millei drawing not = L glochidea; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 as L millei drawing not = l glochidea; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador 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;