Lepanthes andrenoglossa Rchb. f. 1855 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

Photo by Andreas Kay and his Facebook Photo Webpage

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and A href="https://orchid.unibas.ch"> The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Bee- Tongue Lepanthes [presumably refers to Andrena Fabricus a bee genus and "glossa" which means tongue]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Quindio and Putomayo departments of Colombia and pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations of 3000 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10 close fitting, microscopically scabrous leapanthiform sheaths with narrowly acuminate ostia and carrying a single, apical, more or less horizontal, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate broadly cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate basea leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect to horizontal, on top of the leaf, peduncle filiform, less than .4" [1 cm] long, rachis to .6" [1.5 cm] long, congested, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Has been considered a synonym of L mucronata but Lepanthes andrenoglossa is distinguished from L. mucronata by shorter, shortly acuminate, broadly ovate leaves; a single short, very congested raceme; petals with a much reduced marginal process, the apex of the upper lobes simply obliquely truncate, rather than truncate with shortly acuminate apices; and a lip with free rather than adherent blades." Luer & Thoerle 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 as Syn of L mucronata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Lepanthes of Colombia 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as L aff adrenoglossa photo good; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;