Lepanthes velifera Luer & Béhar 1991

Photo by © Fredy Archila

TYPE Drawing

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


Common Name The Veil Bearing Lepanthes [refers to the fimbriate, skirt-like structure of the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Baja Verapaz department Guatemala in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, more or less horizontal ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 10, dark brown, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading but erect in relation to the ramicual , thinly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute, acuminate, acuminate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on a, congested, distichous, 1 to 1.32" [2.5 to 3.3 cm] long including the .6 to .92” [1.5 to 2.3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with muricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Lindleyana 6(2): 79 Luer & Behar 1991 drawing fide; Lepanthes de Guatemala Archila 2001 photo/drawing fide;