Lepanthes argentata Luer & R.Escobar 1988 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Lepanthes

TYPE Drawing

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

Full Shade Cold Winter LATE Spring

Common Name The Silvered Lepanthes [refers to the crystals easily seen in specimens of the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, thin, tight fitting, microscopically scabrous lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through late spring on a filiform, loose, 1.6 to 1.68" [4 to 4.2 cm] long including the .4 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence with echinate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 pg 150-153, Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII Luer 2012 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing fide;