Lepanthes rodrigoi Luer 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by © J Sebastian Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Wesite

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name Rodrigo’s Lepanthes [Sr Escobar, Orchid enthusiast and collector of species 1900’s]]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Antioquia departemnt of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 15, microscopically scabrous, close lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate apices and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, long-acumiante, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through later spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1 to 1.8" [2.5 to 4.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1.4” [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with spiculate floral bracts.

Part of the L mucronata group and similar to L macrantha but it has ramicauls with tight, less widely dilated lepanthiform sheaths and its leaf is twice as wide and has a proportionally shorter acuminate apex, and the flowers differ with L macrantha by the truncate upper lobe of the petals and a setiform process between the lobes and a lip with a semi-lunate medially adherent blades.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20(2): 198–201 Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;