Lepanthes helgae Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Pixeltoe and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Different Color Form

Side View of Flower

Photos by Doug Goldman and the J & L Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Helga's Lepanthes [Mrs Koniger German along with her husband co-discovered the species]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7 microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, loose, 1.4 to 2.6" [3.5 to 6.5 cm] long, including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, succcessively few flowered inflorescence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 18 #1 1991 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;

Checked Luer OK