Lepanthes saccata Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photos by © Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Closer Ventanas Jardin Colombia 1/2016

Photos by © Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at ther Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage


Common Name The Pouched Lepanthes [refers to the deeply concave appendix]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco’ departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2550 to 2680 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 10, thin, minutely scabrous lepanthiform sheaths with long-acuminate apices and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, slightly conduplicate, acute, long-acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring through later summer on a filiform, congested, to .32" [8 mm] long including the .12” [3 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arisng on top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;