Lepanthes pictoris Luer & Thoerle 2011 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Painter's Lepanthes [refers to the lip shape like a palette]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at higher elevations as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8 long ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, broadly elliptic, obtuse, shortly acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 2 to 3, arising on the back of the leaf, erect, congested, .92" [2.3 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence with oblique, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow sepals, red petals and a red lip.

"Characterized by long-ciliate leapanthiform sheaths, dilated at the ostia, single veined lateral spelas; slender, long attenuate lobes of the petals and a circular lip without blades, notched at the apex to resemble a painters pallete. Some forms of L aquilaborussiae with longer petals resemble L pictoris but the lip of the former is subequall in leng\th to the column, with a protruding descending sineus bearing a minute, stalked, pubescent appendix." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 337 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;