Lepanthes macrantha Garay 1956 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

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


Common Name The Large Flowered Lepanthes

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 1800 to 2250 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by up to 21, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with long acuminate apices and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, to 2" [to 5 cm] long including the .6" [ 1.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

This orchid has large flat orange flowers produced in a ever lengthening raceme. The petals have a minute marginal process and the blades of the lip adhere over the column and the oblong appendix is convex below the middle and concave above. Lepanthes gargantua has an even larger similar flower but differs in the oblong upper lobe of the petals and there is no apiculum betwen the lobes.


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 fide;