Lepanthes anchorifera Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Side View of Flower

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold Winter

Common Name The Anchor Carrying Lepanthes [refers to the appendix shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Risaralda and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia at elevations around 2280 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, purple suffused beneath, purple margined, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acuminate, basally rounded and contracted intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a slender, arising on the back of the leaf, .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm] long, congested, distichous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple suffused sepals with the margins green, orange petals that are red at the base, and a red lip.

"Characterized by the small, caespitose habit successively flowered inflorescence shorter than the ovate, acuminate leaf. The sepals are acute and the petals are transeverse with pubescent, equal-sized, oblong lobes. The blades of the lip are oblong and concave with long-ciliate apices. The connectives are as broad as the blades are long with an obtuse angle on the anterior margin. Most distinctive is the strap-like, concave appendix with a transverse, pubescent, anchor-shaped terminal segment." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Botanica 4[3]: 3-24 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 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