Lepanthes aperta Luer 2009 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full Shade LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Open Lepanthes [refers to the exposed column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia without locational data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, microscopically ciliate lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a capillary, congested, 1 to 1.28" [2.5 to 3.2 cm] long including the .75 to 1" [1.8 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence exceeding the length of the leaf.

"This small Colombian species without collection data is characterized by an elliptical leaf slightly surpassed by a short, congested raceme borne by a thrice longer peduncle. The sepals are acuminate; the triangular lobes of transverse petals are similar; and the blades of the lip are far apart exposing the column. The distal segment of the appendix is round with a pair of slender, microscopic papillae." Luer & Escobar 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 30: 5 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019;