Lepanthes maria-victoriae Luer & Thoerle 2011 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Maria Victoria's Lepanthes [Sra Posada - Colombian Nurserywoman current]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2500 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by up to 13, densely long-ciliate lepanthiform sheaths with acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, purple suffused beneath, coriaceous, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 1 to 2, arising on the back of the leaf; congested, 3.4 to 3.6" [8.5 to 9 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with white sepals, orange with red margins petals and a red lip.

A larger plant with a shorter than, arising on the back of the large acute leaf with white, broad, obtuse and shortly acuminate sepals, the laterals subconnate, petals are transversly oblong with rounded ends and the blades of the lip are ovate with narrowly cuneate connectives. The minute appendix is finger shaped.

Similar to the pale sepaled, brightly colored petaled L medusa but it differs in the larger flowers with petals with long narrow lobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 335 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;

Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;