Lepanthes eros Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Gary Meyer and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Detail of flower

Photo by Sebastian Viera and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing By Carl Luer


Common Name The Eros Lepanthes [Greek Goddess of Love]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in montane forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptic, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, subdense, distichous, flexuous, to .1" [to 2.5 mm] long, successively flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf and with echinate floral bracts.

"Lepanthes eros resembles the Ecuadorian species, Lepanthes equus-frisiae, Lepanthes pelorostele , L scrotifera and L rigidigitata, the Colombian species L abortiva, L vargasii, L isoceles, L micellilabia and L niphas and the Costa Rican L posthon, L spadariae and L vestgialis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * American Orchid Society Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1984AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 Luer 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Lankesteriana 17: 227 Moreno Vieira & Karremans 2017 drawing/photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;