Lepanthes lilliputae Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves Luer 1993

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Liliputan Lepanthes [refers to its tiny habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia and Carchi provinceof Ecuador at elevations around 3100 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on a slender, loose, to .24" [6 mm] long, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Lepanthes gnoma Luer & Hirtz 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Luer 1996 as Lepanthes gnoma drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 as Lepanthes gnoma drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;