Lepanthes callisto Luer & Hirtz 1987SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993

Flower and inflorescence

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name or Meaning Callisto's Lepanthes [Greek nymph Kallisto turned into a black bear an allusion to the dark, coarsely pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations of 3100 to 3200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped completely by 6 to 13, blackish, coarsely ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, remarkably convex, dark green, purple beneath, oblong, subacute to obtuse, abrupty short-acuminate, rounded base is contracted into a petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a very congested, distichous, erect, 2" [5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence carrying a hanging, never opening fully, remaining campanulate flower.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XIV Luer 1996 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;