Lepanthes aristata Luer & R.Escobar 1985 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Rodrigo Escobar/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Ecuadorian Flower?

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep ShadeColdSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Spiked Lepanthes [refers to the apex of the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte De Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 13, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, apically spiked, rounded and contracted basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a filiform, congested, secund, 1 to 1.48" [2.5 to 3.7 cm] long, including the .4 to .88" [1 to 2.2 cm] long peduncle, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf.

Recognized by the slender ramicauls with long-pointed sheaths, ellipitc leaves with pointed apices and a transverse petal with a minute, pointed middle lobe. The ovate blades of the lip and the oblong appendix are not particularity noteworthy." Luer & Escobar 1998

CAUTION Does not conform to Luer's drawing exactly, differs in the width of the column apex and in the petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 Luer & Escobar 1985 photo/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo missing spikes on midpetals; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXXII 2012 drawing good; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo good;