Lepanthes anatina Luer & R.Escobar 1997 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Another Angle

Plant and Flowers in situ Montezuma Tatama

Photos by © Sebastian Moreno and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Duck Like Lepanthes [an allusion to the lip and column]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia in wet forests at elevations around 1630 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 11, microscopically ciliate, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute, rounded to broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a congested, distichous, filiform, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4.5 cm] long including the .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with lightly muriculate floral bracts and holding the orange flower well above the leaf base but often still on the leaf.

Similar to L anserina in flowers but L anatina is a much larger plant and has larger, ovate-acuminate leaves rather than the small elliptical, acute leaves of L anserina. The apices of the lateral sepals of L anatina are acuminate and in L anserina they are obtuse and apiculate. The petals of L anatina are acuminate and in L anserina are obtuse and apiculate. The appendix of L anatine is brush-like with tufts of fine hair at the base and in L anserina the appendix is a broadly triangular, membraneous web


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 281–283, f. 111. Luer & Escobar 1997 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;