Lepanthes trinaria Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Photos by Esteban Dominguez Vargas and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Three Part Lepanthes [refers to the petals shape]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 8 to 10, minutely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths with oblique apices and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, cordate-ovate, subacute, broadly cuneate to subcordate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a filiform, sublax, .48 to .64" [1.2 to 1.6 cm] long including the .4 to .56 [1 to 1.4 cm] long peduncle, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 311 Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;