Lepanthes nautilus Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Flower Closeup

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Nautilus-Shaped Lepanthes

Flower Size 1.2" tall .4" wide [3 cm tall x 1 cm wide]

Found in Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2550 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 close, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptic, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform.drooping, loose, fractiflex, 4" [10 cm] long including the 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with often 2 flowers open at any one time.

Similar to L agatarum, L chelonion, L calocodon, L cloesii and L cymbium.



References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #10 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 1991 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #2 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;