Lepanthes arbuscula Luer & R.Escobar 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana Webpage

Full ShadeCold LATEFall THROUGH Spring

Common Name The Little Tree-Like Lepanthes [refers to the stout, branching ramicaul]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in the department of Cauca near el Vulcan de Purace at elevations of 2900 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, superposed ramicauls enveloped by 12 to 13, lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically scabrous margins and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, shortly acuminate, cuneate to rounded below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall through spring on a slender, loose, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long including the 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with acute floral bracts.

The photo was taken within the national park of Vulcan de Purace 6/07.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Miscellaneous new Species in the Pleurothallidinae Selbyana Vol 23 # 2 pg 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;