Lepanthes nematostele Luer 1993 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Deep shade Cool LATEsummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Worm-Like Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northwest Ecuador in mossy forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, long ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in late summer and early fall on a few , 2" [5 cm] long, loose, distichous, successively flowered, racemose inflorescence that is longer than the leaf, carrying a single to occasionally 2 simultaneously opening flowers.

Similar to L tetrachaeta but differs markedly in the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Lepanthes in Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;