Lepanthes forceps Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes Luer SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Another Flower

Side View Of Flower

Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing By Carl Luer

Deep Shade CoolColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Pliers-Like Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia, Norte de Santander, Arauca and Meta departments of Colombia at elevations around 1700 to 2150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, close, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, broadly ovate to cordate-obtuse to rounded apically, broadly cuneate to cordate, contacted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a dense, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long including the .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1984 photo/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;