Lepanthes alvarezi Ortiz 2006 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae

Flower Closeup

Photos by Jay Pfahl.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Padre Pedro Valdevieso.

Common Name Alvarez' Lepanthes [Luis Eduardo Alvarez, Colombian Orchid Enthusiast and personal friend current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Cundinamarca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with suberect to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 9 hirsute, lepanthiform sheaths with dilated ostia and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, acute, triapiculate apically, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a longer than the leaf, flaccid, filiform, arcuate, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, lax, successively single, many flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 24 #2 116-123 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;