Lepanthes aciculifolia Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Plant and Flowers

Photos by © J Sullivan/Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade LATEFallEARLYWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Needle-Like Leaf Lepanthes

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia without collection data as a mini-miniature sized epiphtye with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, glabrous, closely adpressed, long-acuminate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly linear-semiterete, longitudinally shallowly channeled, acute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, erect, .72 to 1.1" [1.8 to 2.2 cm] long including the .32 to .48" [.8 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, congested, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with acute floral bracts.

There are only a few Lepanthes with terete leaves and they are L aciculifolia, L canaliculata, L fusiformis, L gustavoi and L teres.

"The rose-colored sepals are sparsely ciliate and the oblong petals are pubescent. The elliptical blades of the lip are ciliate. The two-parted, brush-like appendix is located on the outer surface of the body of the lip." Carl Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 20(2): 194–196. Luer 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide