Lepanthes echidion Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes Novon 1993 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage


Common Name The Little Snake Lepanthes [an allusion to the fancied appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia at elevations around 1880 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 5, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse to rounded, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms later spring through early summer on a filiform, loose, to 1.72" [4.3 cm] long including the .54" [1.3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few several flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaf and has echinate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 16(2): 139 Luer & Escobar 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;