Lepanthes transparens Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes<

Side View of Flower

Photos by Andreas Kay

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Transparent Lepanthes [refers to the thin, membraneous blades of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 3100 to 3450 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a slender, suberect ramicaul enveloped by 9 to 11, close fitting, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with markedly dilated ostia carrying a single, apical, suberect, thinly coriaceous, reticulate, ovate, acuminate to acute, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through fall on a filiform, congested, disitchous, to .68" [1.7 cm] long including the .48" [1.2 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"Similar to the frequent L contingens and the two concepts are very similar and might be merely two variations of the same species, but the lips are either notched or entire without intermediates being seen. L transparens si distinguished by


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 54: 374 Luer 1983; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;