Lepanthes bachue S Vieira-Uribe, J S Moreno & E Parra 2023 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Elongatae 1993

TYPE Drawing

LCDP Photo/drawing by S Vieira-Uribe and Lankesteriana 23[2] 2023

Common Name Bachue's Lepanthes [Musica goddess of Humanity who emerged from the waters of Lake Iguaque and gave birth to humanity and near the location of the orchids discovery]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia at elevations around 3160 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose and proliferous epiphyte with slender, suberect to pendent ramicauls envelopped by 7 to 14, acuminate, ribbed, dilated margined lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, reticulate veined, ovate, attenuate apically rounded below and contracted into the long petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on a pendent, arisinf from near the apex of the ramicaul, on the back of the leaf, terete, filiform peduncle 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, rachis 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, successively sungle, many flowered inflorescence with conical, acuminate, sparsely ciliate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Lepanthes bachue is most similar to Lepanthes papallactae Luer & Hirtz (Luer 1987), but it can be distinguished by its proliferous plants (vs. non proliferous), the lateral sepals connate into an ovatelanceolate synsepal (vs. ovate lateral sepals), the petals with the upper lobe .1"[2.5 mm] long, the lower lobe larger than the upper long, .18" [4.5 mm] long and the margins ciliate (vs. lobes subequal, .18" [4.5 mm] long and shortly pubescent) and the lip with the blades oblong, sub-sigmoid, adnate to the middle of the column with a short oblong, bifid appendix hiding in the middle (vs. blades narrowly elliptical-oblong, adnate to the column above the middle with a recurved, pedunculate, bi-glandular appendix)." Vieira-Uribe, Moreno & Parra 2023


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lankesteriana 23[2]:129 S Vieira-Uribe, J S Moreno & E Parra2023 photo/drawing fide;