Lepanthes ophiostele Luer 1986

Side View of Flower Photos by Peter Bryder

Common Name The Snake-Like Column Lepanthes

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in north western Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, thin ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrlwy elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a 1.5" [3.75 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence holding the flowers towards the apex of the leaf to just beyond the leaf.

CAUTION This photo does not conform well to the drawings from Venezuela so use with caution.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as L monoptera drawing hmm; *Phytologia 59(7): 448. 1986 Luer drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as L monoptera drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm