Lepanthes pileata Luer & R.Vásquez 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

type Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Capped Lepanthes [refers to the appearance of the concave dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations of 2500 to 2650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9 minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a filiform, loose, subflexuous, erect, 8" [20 cm] long including peduncle, successively several to many flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 flowers open at any one time.

Part of the group of species related to L complicata by the outer margins of the lateral sepals that are involute to expose the muriculate exterior. The majority of these are from Bolivia and are L ciliolata, L complicata, L crista-piscis, L echnida, L panisca, L pileata, L ptyxis, L ringens.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 363 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXI Lepanthes of Bolivia; Systematics of Octomeria Luer 2010 drawing fide;