Lepanthes myoxophora Luer & R.Escobar SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Another Flower

Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Mouse-Like Lepanthes [refers to the large concave, earlike petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1850 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 16, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through spring on a filiform, very congested, long-pedicellate, to .8 to 2.4" [2 to 6.5 cm] long including the .4 to 2.2" [1 to 5.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

Differs from the very similar L janitor but it has truncate apices to the sepals, thin lobes of the lip that close over a large, bifurcated columm with the stigma bilobed beneath a large, rostelar flap.

There are 3 other species within Colombia that are very similar, L agglutinata, L posadae and L pilosaures which all have petals subequal in length and an uncinate process between the lobes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #3 1984 Written description correct - Drawing fide/photo not = L janitor; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 # 5 1984 TYPE photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;