Lepanthes janitor Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae 1996

Photo by Sebastian Vierra and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Leaf and Flower in situ Parque Tatama Choco Colombia 2300 meters 8/17

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Doorkeeper Lepanthes [refers to the blades of the lip that close over the column]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 13, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coricaeous, ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, congested, .68 to 1.4" [1.7 to 3.5 cm] long including the .28 to 1" [7 to 25 mm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf

Differs from the very similar L myoxophora by the truncate apex to the sepals, thin lobes of the lip that close over a large, bifurcated columm with the stigma bilobed beneath a large, rostelar flap.

There are 3 other species within Colombia that are very similar, L agglutinata, L posadae and L pilosaures which all have petals subequal in length and an uncinate process between the lobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53(3): 362. 1984 as L myoxophora photo fide as L janitor; *Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. vol 53 # 5 1984 Luer drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;