Lepanthes steyermarkii Foldats 1968 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Patrick & Martine Cloes and their Pleurothallid Webpage

Side View of Lip Detail

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Ernesto Foldats

Common Name Steyermark's Lepanthes [American Botanist in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela and northeastern Colombia at elevations around 2475 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 9 or so lepanthiform sheaths with dilated sotia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, reticulate nerved, sometimes well marked in purple, rounded basally acuminate leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, very congested,distchous, 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long including the .6 to .8 [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, racemose, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arisingon the back of the leaf.

There are 2 other species within Colombia that can be confused with this species, L orion which has much more obtuse sepals and an appendix that is pubescent and oblong and adpressed to the stigma and L auriculata which differs in the widely divergent sepals and an oblong, pubescent appendix that is adpressed to the stigma.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora De Venezuela Vol XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide