Lepanthes anchicayae J.S. Moreno & S. Vieira-Uribe 2020 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

Plant and Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by J S Moreno and The Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2020, pp. 99110 Website


Common Name The Anchicaya River Lepanthes

Flower Size .088" [2.2 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in secondary vegetation on the western slope of the Western Cordillera at elevations around 300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot, caespitose growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls , enveloped by 5 to 6, microscopically ciliate-scabrous lepanthiform sheaths carrying a green suffused with purple on the abaxial side, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at least in the later spring on a congested, distichous, borne underneath the leaf by a slender peduncle, .16 to .28" [4 to 7 mm] long, up to .3 to .48" [7.5 to 12.0 mm] long overall, successively 1 to 2, several-flowered inflorescence with muricate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Most similar to L pleurorachis but is easily distinguished by its wider petals, the lip transversely bilobed with cuneate lobes (vs. transversely bilobed-cordate with rounded lobes) with margins not ciliate (vs. ciliate,) and the stigma ventral and widely dilated (vs. stigma apical)." Vieira-Uribe & J.S.Moreno 2020

Also similar to L petalopteryx and L viajoensis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 999 to 110). J.S.Moreno & S.Vieira-Uribe 2020, drawing/photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;