Lepanthes grildrig Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Tiny Lepanthes [refers to Gulliver, called Grildrig by the giants of Brobdingnag]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, broadly elliptical, obtuse, apiculate, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, loose, lightly flexuous, to 1.28 to 1.4" [3.2 to 3.5 cm] long including the .48 to .6" [1.2 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 18(1): 49. Luer & Escobar 1991 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;