Lepanthes aguirrei Luer 2009 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photos by Sebastian Viera and his His Facebook Page

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade LATE Spring

Common Name Aguirre's Lepanthes [Colombia Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 9 to 10, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, reticulated with purple, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a filiform, congested, distichous, .32 to .4" [8 to 10 mm] long including the .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising on the top of the leaf

Similar to both L heptapus and L hexapus L skelton as they all have deeply trifurcate petals with slender lobes but L aguirei differs in the much larger flowers, with stoutly caudate sepals instead of acute sepals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 30: 4 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 18: 183 Baquero & J S Moreno 2018 photo 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