Lepanthes hemirhoda Garay 1956 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Photo by Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia and their Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Half Red Lepanthes [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .12" [ mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 10 to 12, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 3 to 6, erect, lax, 3 to 3.2" [7.5 to 8 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

Similar to L biglomeris which has the same large upper lobes of the petals with much smaller lower lobes but L biglomeris has two veined lateral sepals that are denticulate rather than smooth margined and the body of the lip is very broad with an oblong appendix protruding as far as or slightly further than the tips of the blades of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;