Lepanthes abortiva Luer & R.Escobar 1991 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade LATEWinterEARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Aborted Lepanthes [refers to the vestigal lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia without collection data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 9, ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an, erect, filiform, 1" [2.5 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top side of the leaf.

Similar to L rigidigitata but it has a lax, flexuous, 5.6" [14 cm] long, racemose inflorescence and L micellilabia but it has a short, congested racemose inflorescence. The other in this similar group of flowers with very reduced petals and lip is L vestigitalis

"Lepanthes abortiva resembles the Ecuadorian species, Lepanthes pelorostele , L scrotifera and L rigidigitata, the Colombian species L abortiva, L eros, L isoceles, L micellilabiaL vargasii and L niphas and the Costa Rican Lepanthes equus-frisiaeL posthon, L spadariae and L vestgialis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 18 No 1 pg 22 1991 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawingfide;