Lepanthes medusa Luer & R. Escobar 1991 Photo by Walter Teague

Another Flower Aspect Photo by Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Common Name The Medusa Lepanthes [Greek Myth Monster - Snake-Headed]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations of 2000 to2400 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 12, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, shortly acuminate, rugose between the veins on the underside, rounded and contractes into the twisted, petiolate base base leaf that blooms in the spring on a few, terminal, 1.6" [4 cm] long, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arsing on the back side of the leaf.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Checked type drawing W3Tropicos OK; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide;