Lepanthes megalocephala Luer & R.Vásquez 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993 Drawing by © Quintin Lake

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


Common Name The Large Head Lepanthes [refers to the proportionally large flower]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz and Cochabamba Bolivia at elevations around 1300 to 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, reticulated purple beneath ovate, subacute, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a filiform, congested, disitchous, .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long including the .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and has ciliate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #3 2010 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Luer 2010 drawing fide;