Lepanthes trifurcata Luer & R.Escobar 1994 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Breves

Side View of Flower

Photos by Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Trifurcate Lepanthes [refers to the petals shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 3400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 7, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on a filiform, subcongested, distichous, .32 to .48" [8 to 12 mm] long including the .2 to .28 [5 to 7 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf with slightly muriculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 119 Luer & Escobar 1994 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;