Lepanthes myiophora Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Milan Vagner and his Orchid Website

Much less true to the type flower

Photo courtesy of Franco Pupulin.

Flower Closeup

Photos by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Lindleyana 2: 206 Luer 1987 AOS Website

Common Name The Blow Fly Carrying Lepanthes

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in premontane rain forest to cloud forest and disturbed primary forests at elevations around 1000 to 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 3 to 5, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a very short, successively few flowered inflorescence.

"Similar to L tipulifera but the new species has ostia that are only slightly dilated, the blades and elongated connectives embrace the entire length of the column. L tipulifera has widely dilated ostia and the blades and elongated connectives embrace the long, slender column only below the middle." Luer 1987

The first and second photo are a dead on representation of the flower that Luer drew in Lindleyana but the third photo has many similarities but differs mostly in the petals that are not reflexed but also in the wider sepals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR Checked type OK; * Lindleyana 2: 204 Luer 1987 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003