Lepanthes equicalceolata Luer & R.Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Marsipanthes SECTION Felinae Luer 1986 <

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep ShadeCoolColdFall

Common Name or Meaning The Little Horse Shoe Lepanthes [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [6mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 8, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a subdense, secund, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose, inflorescence that is longer than the leaf and the floral bracts are slightly muricate.

"Distinguished by the congested, long-pedicellate raceme that eventually surpasses the tip of the leaf, the spiculate ovary and the horse-shoe shaped lip. The dorsal sepal is concave and broadly ovate with a short, erect tail. The lateral sepals are deeply connate to the dorsal sepal but the sepaline cup formed is not deep as in L felis with the column and lip within a cavity. The petals are erect, carinate and oblong and only half as long as that in L felis. The limbs of the lip are truncate and a minute apiculum is present." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;