Lepanthes volvox Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes 1993

Side View of flower

Photos by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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;