Lepanthes pyramidalis Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name The Pyramid Shaped Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco departments of Colombia at elevations around 2000 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 9, close, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous, long acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate-acute, long acuminate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall through later spring on filiform, erect, very congested, .88 to 1.28" [2.2 to 3.2 cm] long including the .48 to .98" [1.2 to 2.4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence on top of the leaf.

"This species produces a red flower on top of the spreading, long-acuminate, ovate leaf, the raceme eventually reaches the apex of the leaf, frequently hanging over the edge. The blades of the lip are supported by slender connectives, the body is broad with a prominent, central, pyramidal callus, the appendix is equally broad, concave and ciliate" Luer 1985


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 53: 607 Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 11 1998 painting good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;