Lepanthes anserina Luer & R.Escobar 1984 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

TYPE photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Goose-Like Lepanthes [refers to the lip and column's appearence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 6, close, minutely ciliate, leapanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, on the back side of the leaf, racemose, as long as the leaf, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, filiform, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long overall, rachis to .6" [1.5 cm] long, congested, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with apiculate floral bract

"Distinguished by the congested racemes often reaching the same length as the elliptical leaves, ovate sepals, transversely attenuated petals, and a long protruding, clavate column exposed between winglike blades of the lip. The species resembles L anatina but differs vegetatively in its smaller size, elliptic, acute leaves, the flowers are on a shorter inflorescence with obtuse and apiculate lateral sepals, broader, and less acute, with the upper lobe more or less the same size as the lower lobe and the appendix is broadly triangular and membraneous. L anatina has ovate, acuminate leaves, longer, .6 to 1" [15 to 25 mm] long, with acuminate lateral sepals, the petals are thinner and more acute with the upper lobe larger than the lower, and the appendix is small and brush-like." Luer 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #3 258 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;