Lepanthes volvox Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of flower

Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. Vol 53: #5 pg 481 Luer & Escobar 1984

Common Name The Caterpillar Lepanthes [refers to lobes of the petals]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in montane forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 13 to 14, ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, multiveined, veins ciliate beneath, ovate, acute, acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a, filiform, congested, secund, 1.4 to 1.8 [3.5 to 4.5 mm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6 [3 to 4 cm] peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. Vol 53: #5 pg 481 Luer & Escobar 1984 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;