Lepanthes norae Foldats 1969 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

Another Flower?

Photo by Shrimpy's Orchid Haven

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Foldats

Common Name Nora's Lepanthes [Wife of G.C.K.Dunservile, both Orchid Adventurists in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found only in northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in cold cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 2850 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by infundibuliform, acuminate, longitudinally ribbed, pilose lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrows below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring with several, erect, terminal, longer than the leaf, 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence

CAUTION Does not fit exactly to the TYPE drwaing, [The flower may not be completely open] but it came from Lisa Thoerle and she is the leading authority along with Carl Luer in this genus. The TYPE Drawing is absolutely correct.

This species and L janus are considered to be conspecific by Carl Luer but at this time I will continue to keep them separate because the two are far apart.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo not = L janus;