Lepanthes nulla Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The None Lepanthes [refers to the abscence of the appendix]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Quindio department of Colombia at elevations around 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with comparatively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, to .8 to 1" [2.2 to 2.5 cm] long including the .16 to .28" [4 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on back of the leaf and has infundibular floral bracts.

This species is very limited in range but is similar to the wide spread L monoptera but it has a larger flower, petals with oblong to triangular, obtuse, subequal lobes and a lip with a small ovate, pubescent appendix. In difference L nulla has no appendix, smaller flowers and the petals are small with the tip of the upper lobes variously elongated, and sometimes hook-shaped.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 102 Luer & Escobar 1994; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide