Lepanthes parmata Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by © Sebastian Vieira and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Webpage

Common Name The Small Shield Lepanthes [refers to the thin, rounded blade of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1300 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 11 to 14, minutely ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, purple suffused beneath, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, shortly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, very congested, 1.6 to 1.8" [4 to 4.5 cm] long including the 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf.

"This species is characterized by the elliptical, shortly acuminate leaves suffused with purple; a long-pedicellate, congested raceme borne by a long peduncle; ovate, acute sepals; and bilobed petals with a minute lobule on the outer margin. Most remarkable is the small lip with the thin blades connate into a circular lamina supported above the column by a pair of long, narrow connectives. The appendix is membranous and oblong. Relatives include Lepanthes mucronata and L. agglutinata.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 18(2): 136–138 Luer & R.Escobar 1991 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide