Lepanthes troglodytes Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Photo by J S Moreno Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia

Another Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photo/Type Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Cave Dwelling Lepanthes [refers to tiny hinged appendix that may be reflexed forward or retracted backward into a cavity of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia and Choco departments of Colombia in wet lowland forests at elevations around 100 to 500 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with suberect to ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 9 to 12, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate more or less deflexed sides below the middle, cuneate and contracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring through the early fall on a filiform, congested, distichous, 1.32 to 1.92" [3.3 to 4.8 cm] long including the .6 to 1.2 [1.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer Orchid Soc. Bull. 54[3]:320-321 Luer & Escobar 1985 drawing/photo fide; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 Luer 1994 photos fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Four new species of Lepanthes (Pleurothallidinae) from the southwestern Andes in Colombia photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide/photo hmm;