Lepanthes pastoensis Schltr. 1920 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower View

Photo by Jim Hamilton Petite Plaisance Orchids.

Another Color Form

Photo by Walter Teague


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Pasto Lepanthes [southern Colombian State]

Flower Size to 1" tall [to 2.5 cm tall]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte around 2300 to 2925 meters in elevation with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 9, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petilolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through winter on a slender, loose, strict, 2.28 to 3.08" [5.7 to 7.7 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

can be confused with L elegantula but differs mostly in the petals.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:43 Schlechter 1924; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide