Lepanthes clausa Luer & R. Escobar 1985

Another Flower Closeup

Plant and Flowers in situ Cundinamarca

Side View of Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl.

Flower Closeup Photo by Arturo Carrilo.

Common Name The Closed Lepanthes

Flower Size 1/16" [.15 cm]

Found as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte in Cundinamarca and Norte de Santander Departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2850 meters with suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 12 minutely pubescent, lepanthiform sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, obtuse, cuneate below intothe petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring on a filiform, loose, 1.6" [4 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence

This is one of three mini-miniature species occuring around Bogata, the other 2 are, L effusa and Lepanthes matisii Luer, Thoerle & P.Ortiz.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 6 1985 photo; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide

Checked type w3 Tropicos, differs slightly in shape of petals but exact match for photo in Native Colombian Orchids Vol5 COS 1994; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 Luer drawing fide;