Lepanthes pilosiaures Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Side View of Flower

A diffent flower

Lip Detail

Side View of Lip Detail

Photos by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and AOS Bulletin Vol 53;262 1984

Common Name or Meaning The Hairy Eared Lepanthes [refers to the pubescent petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10, close, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute, acuminate, minutely apicaulate, rounded below into the contracted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, very congested, 1.08 to 1.4" [2.7 to 3.5 cm] long including the .48 to .8" [1.2 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf

Similar to L mucronata, but has hairy petals.

Also related to L abitaguae, L pelyx, L corrugata, L ortegae and L rhodophylla.

There are 3 other species within Cololmbia that are very similar, L janitor, L posadae and L agglutinata 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;262 1984 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;