Lepanthes norae Foldats 1969

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

Another Flower?

Photo by Shrimpy's Orchid Haven

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 [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.

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;