Lepanthes pilosiaures Luer & R.Escobar 1984SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae 1996

Side View of Flower

A diffent flower

Lip Detail

Side View of Lip Detail

Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name or Meaning The Hairy Eared Lepanthes [refers to the pubescent petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute, acuminate, minutely apicaulate, rounded below into the contracted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, very congested, 1.08 to 1.4" [2.7 to 3.5 cm] long including the .48 to .8" [1.2 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf

Similar to L mucronata, but has hairy petals.

Also related to L abitaguae, L pelyx, L corrugata, L ortegae and L rhodophylla.

There are 3 other species within Cololmbia that are very similar, L janitor, L posadae and L agglutinata which all have petals subequal in length and an uncinate process between the lobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53;262 1984 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;