Lepanthes tetrachaeta Luer & L.Jost 2000 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993 TYPE Photos by J S Moreno

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Four Haired Lepanthes [refers to its the tails of the petals and lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 8, long ciliate-pubescent lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, erect, loose, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence carrying ciliate floral bracts.

Similar to L nematostele but differs markedly in the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;